Touching Strangers


New York photographer Richard Renaldi grabs strangers off the street and takes photos of them together.

In CBS Evening News by Scott Pelley

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.

Most photographers capture life as it is, but in these strangers, Richard Renaldi has captured something much more ethereal and elusive. He shows us humanity as it could be – as most of us wish it would be – and as it was, at least for those one fleeting moments in time.

Credit Kaiyum

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