Richard Renaldi: Figure and Ground

Richard Renaldi: Figure and Ground

by Richard Renaldi
     
 

Though he works with an omnivorous 8x10 camera, Richard Renaldi has the roving eye of a street photographer, always searching for the brief encounter, the fleeting moment when a stranger will open his or her life to him, and, consequently, to the viewer. Richard Renaldi's Figure and Ground, drawn from more than seven years of work, presents portraits,See more details below

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Though he works with an omnivorous 8x10 camera, Richard Renaldi has the roving eye of a street photographer, always searching for the brief encounter, the fleeting moment when a stranger will open his or her life to him, and, consequently, to the viewer. Richard Renaldi's Figure and Ground, drawn from more than seven years of work, presents portraits, landscapes and, most importantly, the portraits in situ that meld those two classic photographic genres, in which he embraces not only individuals but the environment that encompasses them. These images were made across the United States, and take in not only those who might seem traditionally American-a blonde carrying a Louis Vuitton bag through a Greyhound terminal, or a rodeo cowboy, arms akimbo, standing determinedly against an all-dirt horizon-but also a woman in a burqa and Timberland boots on a faded Newark street and a transgender girl working a fast-food counter under the sad-glamorous glow of fluorescent lighting. If there is truly a center to the changing American social landscape, it can be found here, in these precisely rendered portraits.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
In the spirit of nomadic photographers like Robert Frank and Walker Evans who recorded the lives of average Americans and subsequently brought otherwise unfamiliar worlds to the attention of a wide audience, Renaldi has traveled cross-country and photographed men and women he's encountered on the street, at their minimum-wage jobs, and in the bus terminals punctuating the major routes between the East and West Coasts. This book of his work is largely without explanation, presenting posed photographs that carry brief captions made up of only the subject's name, location, and a glimpse of his or her individual route. Each picture tells the story of the subject's daily realities, both internal and external, and makes viewers cognizant of their own conditioned expectations and associations. Renaldi ultimately offers a sociological catalog of American people as they are now, with all the variations that are determined by geographical dispersion and local culture. A definitive essay by independent curator Hargreaves (founding editor, Journal of Photography and Culture; coauthor, Beautiful and the Damned) at the collection's conclusion does not interfere with independent consideration of the works themselves, but it does guide readers to a deeper understanding of Renaldi's intention and process. Recommended for collections on contemporary art and sociological subject matter.-Savannah Schroll-Guz, Weirton, WV Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781597110297
Publisher:
Aperture Foundation
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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