Touching Strangers

1) Donna and Donna, Craig, Colorado 2011

January 26, 2017

Touching Strangers
Richard Renaldi – The Bunn Lectureship in Photography
Heuser Art Gallery
January 16 – February 16
Lecture: January 26th, 5pm – Horowitz Auditorium, Caterpillar Global Communications Center
Reception: January 26th, 6-7:30pm

Tonight! Thursday, January 26th the Department of Art welcomes photographer Richard Renaldi to campus to present this year's Bunn Lectureship in Photography.  The lecture will be held at 5pm in Horowitz Auditorium, Caterpillar Global Communications Center.  An artist reception and book signing will directly follow the lecture from 6-7:30pmin Heuser Art Gallery.  Renaldi's exhibition Touching Strangers will be on display in Heuser Art Gallery through February 16.
Since 2007, Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs that involve approaching and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street with a large format 8-by-10-inch view camera, Renaldi encounters the subjects for his photographs in towns and cities all over the United States. He pairs them up and invites them to pose together, intimately, in ways that people are usually taught to reserve for their close friends and loved ones. Renaldi creates spontaneous and fleeting relationships between strangers for the camera, often pushing his subjects beyond their comfort levels. These relationships may only last for the moment the shutter is released, but the resulting photographs are moving and provocative, and raise profound questions about the possibilities for positive human connection in a diverse society.  
Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received his BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe.  Renaldi is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York and Robert Morat Galerie in Berlin. In 2006 Renaldi's first monograph, Figure and Ground, was published by the Aperture Foundation. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009 by Charles Lane Press. Renaldi's most recent monograph Touching Strangers, was released by the Aperture Foundation in the spring of 2014. In 2015 Richard was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in Photography.  Renaldi's most recent book, Manhattan Sunday was published by the Aperture foundation in the fall of 2016.
This program has been made possible by the generous support of The Bunn Lectureship in Photography series. Endowed by a generous donation from Bradley alums, Jacob and Lorrie Bunn, for the past 20 years The Bunn Lectureship in Photography has brought nationally and internationally recognized photographers to Bradley's campus. With the goal of broadening and enriching students' educational experience, this program supports exhibitions, lectures, and workshops in which students benefit from direct interaction with professional photographers.
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Banner image: Orville, Rebecca, and Joyce, New Orleans, Louisiana 2012