“Touching Strangers” Series Bring Random People Together for Intimate Photographs

What would you do if someone asked you to hold a stranger’s hand while he takes a picture? Sounds like a request most would consider absurd but for those who were willing to let their guards down, the results are quite spectacular. Photographer Richard Renaldi brings random strangers together in the streets of New York City and asks them to pose for a picture with the simple request that there must be physical interaction. Using an 8×10 view camera, the Chicago-born photographer started the ongoing project “Touching Strangers” back in 2007 and has collected quite a portfolio of a diverse mix of people willing to let complete strangers invade their personal space. It’s hard to believe how the element of touch transforms the interaction among strangers and as viewers, our perception of intimacy and relationship between them.

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