Pandemonium in Paris

As reported in Lens Culture at the gala opening night preview of Paris Photo at Carrousel du Louvre thousands of anonymous vintage photos were dumped into a giant pile, scattered about, and thrown around while the protesters shouted "free, free, free!" The subversive act of giving away free and potentially precious photographs in the face of photo art market hullabaloo is a fantastic act. I totally commend their action and would love to see more such statements reminding people of the truth behind value.

Paris Photo 2009 Performance Fabien Breuvart

Fantastic Fantastic Mr. Fox

I just saw and was really impressed with the new Wes Anderson film Fantastic Mr. Fox. The story is adapted from a Roald Dahl novel and is certain to be an instant animated classic. The animation was extremely beautiful and totally original. The story delightful. The film is old school handmade live action. Way to go analog! I can't recommend it enough.


November's 19th Century Photograph

Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) Untitled (Lighthouse,), 1868



It gets going at 1'20"


Bruce Davidson

If you are in NY check out the Bruce Davidson show at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery. It is one of the strongest shows I have seen this season with gorgeous dye transfer prints from Subway and stunning silver gelatin prints from East 100th Street among others.



I recently returned from a trip to Hawaii where I traveled to work on my project 49 & 50. This trip, I was working on the islands of Maui and Moloka'i. On our first night in Moloka'i I was at a restaurant talking with my partner Seth about the reported acceptance for the transgendered on Moloka'i that I had just been reading in my Hawaii travel book. Thinking this would be an interesting subject to capture we wondered how we might be able to tap into that culture. When only 5 minutes later in walks the most glamorous girl on the island - Kelsey. I asked the waitress if indeed that girl was transexual and she responded affirmatively. Moloka'i has a population of around 8000 so an actual gay or transgender community is pretty much non-existent - thus meeting Kelsey certainly was a stroke of good luck.


Evelyn Hofer 1922-2009

Evelyn Hofer was one of the great large format photographers of the twentieth century. She made both portraits as well as still lifes throughout her long career. Her work had not been widely celebrated until a monograph was released by Steidl in 2004. It's a beautiful book and I highly reccomend getting it. You can read her obituary here.


Woodstock Couple 1969

This summer to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock I was hired by the AARP to photograph the couple pictured in the iconic Burk Uzzle photograph. It was cool to have the degrees disappear between a historic photograph and myself but what I really took away from the experience was that Bobbi and Nick seemed to genuinely enjoy each. That was a comforting feeling.
You can read the article here.
©1969 Burk Uzzle

©2009 Richard Renaldi


Matt Eich

Check out the website of photographer Matt Eich.
He is a rising young talent and you will be impressed!
Matt Eich  from the series Carry Me Ohio