"When you make demands on reality, sometimes you have to wait" Ben Lifson said during one of our lengthy conversations about photography in June of 2010. I was working on a long-term project photographing New York City's swimming pools and asked Ben if he would review my work every few weeks and advise me through the project (one that ended up taking three summer seasons to complete). We spoke on the telephone, Ben from Middletown, Connecticut where he was teaching at a community college and me from my apartment in the East Village where I lived while working as a photography editor at Time Inc.Read More
Today I saw a body of pictures that my brain interpreted as revolutionary.
Strangers framed intimately and over time, posing as the photographer's muse until the strangers become familiars, and as familiars become united in expressions of the elemental order of man; creating a body of work that I read as an atlas of the human heart.
Richard Renaldi, the vastly skilled portrait photographer, brings his full intelligence to show us Americans unified in humanism before the backdrop of a vastly confusing time. "Touching Strangers" is a body of work that exemplifies the power of human connectivity over the economic engines that drive our nation's priorities.
El Salvador, 30 March 2017
There was a time in the early 1980s when the villagers of Cinquera, located on the northern border of El Salvador, fled from their homes. These were the early days of the violence, and the military—armed by the US—would spread terror throughout the region suppressing the civic uprising that wanted an end to repressive militarism, and called for social justice and the opportunity to earn a livable wage. The military swept through villages in death squads, massacring combatants, disappearing citizens, and filling pits with the dead. Over 75,000 people were killed during the Civil War.Read More