Richard Renaldi’s Touching Strangers exhibit at MCC Art Gallery

(Photo courtesy of Richard Renaldi and MCC)

Mesa Community College is host to an exhibition featuring renowned photographer Richard Renaldi, began in late January. The initial MCC showing was attended by Renaldi himself, who also taught a workshop and gave an artist lecture that was limited to MCC students.

The Touching Strangers series of photographs provokes the challenge of one’s own assumptions about the arbitrary lines that divide people like race and sexuality.Renaldi visits locations throughout the country, sourcing the models for his images along the way.

In Touching Strangers he captures people posing together, making physical contact, who have not met prior to his photo shoot. Renaldi captures the results in 8-by-10 format, using a view camera.The exhibition travels under the care of Ann Pallesen, the gallery director of Photographic Center Northwest located in Seattle.

Aperture Foundation in New York organized the exhibition, made possible with support from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. The MCC Art Gallery, on the Southern and Dobson campus, will be open to visitors Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m until March 24. The gallery is closed on February 20, March 16 and 17.

Admission to the gallery is free and students are welcome to visit. The public is being asked to participate and share their Touching Strangers photographs using the hashtag #TouchingStrangers on social media. For more information contact

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