Photographer Turns Strangers Into Friends in New York City


New York City photographer Richard Renaldi embarks on a social experiment for his art project consisting of portraits of strangers who pretend to be kindred spirits for just a few minutes. CBS News reports,

“They’re not exactly sure what they just signed up for, and people are a little nervous at first,” Richard says.

Richard is a New York photographer working on a series of portraits. For each shot he grabs strangers off the street — like Jenny Wood, an airline employee from Virginia, and Dominek Tucker, a college student from Brooklyn — and poses them like adoring family.

Richard calls the project “Touching Strangers.” He started shooting it six years ago and now has hundreds of portraits of these unlikely intimates.

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