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User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Nov 23, 2017 2:23 AM (UTC)
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Running into the Fat Jewish dressed all in pink was a much needed boost to my spirits today.
#happypink @thefatjewish
User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Nov 17, 2017 5:35 AM (UTC)
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User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Nov 14, 2017 4:11 AM (UTC)
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Touching Strangers - a trio of triples.
1. Orville, Rebecca, & Joyce, New Orleans, LA, 2012
2. Hunter, Margaret, & Abigail, New York, NY, 2013
3. Tari, Shawn, & Summer, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
Paperback edition available now.
User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Nov 12, 2017 4:47 PM (UTC)
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Making the best out of a bad situation...
User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Nov 11, 2017 4:38 PM (UTC)
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Sumo Stable, Tokyo, Japan, September, 1998
User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Nov 9, 2017 3:37 AM (UTC)
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Brooklyn, NY, 1992.
Little Richie R making duck face before “duckface” was a thing. I invented it. Sadly my skin doesn’t look like that anymore.
User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Nov 8, 2017 5:07 PM (UTC)
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Ravi, Newark, NJ, 2003

Congratulations to Ravi Bhalla pictured here who I randomly photographed for my street portraiture project on Newark in the early aughts. Ravi was elected mayor of Hoboken, NJ yesterday, the first Sikh American to hold an elected office in the great state of New Jersey.
#ravibhalla #sikhbeard #sikh #sikhamerican #mayor #hoboken #politics #democrat #streetportraiture
User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Nov 8, 2017 3:30 AM (UTC)
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🎈Celebrate 🎈 America’s first openly transgender state legislator elected in Virginia!
User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Nov 6, 2017 3:40 AM (UTC)
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User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Nov 3, 2017 2:24 AM (UTC)
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Aside from the trauma of the attack on Tuesday a glimmer of good news happened in NYC on Halloween which is that the 91 year old prohibition era cabaret laws outlawing dancing in bars was repealed! Thanks to the activists and city council members that worked to end this discriminatory and randomly applied law. The law was initially enacted to crack down on mixed race jazz clubs in Harlem in the 1920’s. In more recent years it was arbitrarily applied to enforce “quality of life” issues during the Giuliani administration. It also had the undesired effect of limiting the amount of work available to musicians and dj’s.
#manhattansunday #nycartistcoalition #862 #nycmusiciansunion #cabaretlawrepeal
User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Nov 1, 2017 3:42 AM (UTC)
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User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Oct 30, 2017 3:30 PM (UTC)
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$100 Print For Sale! 5 Days Only!

The Magnum Square Print Sale in Partnership with Aperture.

Full ⭕️ - Magnum Photos @magnumphotos (the renowned photo agency where I worked as a photo researcher and editor in the 1990’s) and the Aperture Foundation @aperturefnd (my publisher since 2006) have partnered together to offer an amazing collection of affordable prints from some of their respective photographers.
06:17. 2010-2016 from the series Manhattan Sunday
Shop here and Link in my profile...
#manhattansunday #MagnumSquare
User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Oct 29, 2017 9:50 PM (UTC)
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User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Oct 27, 2017 10:46 PM (UTC)
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User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Oct 24, 2017 11:46 PM (UTC)
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October 31, 1994, Montreal, Canada. I’ll be serving up some frightening images all week. Fasten your seatbelts kids! 🎃
User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Oct 21, 2017 8:44 PM (UTC)
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Keebs and Beth, Las Vegas, NV, 2012

I walked into this tattoo parlour in Las Vegas because I was enthusiastically drawn to the gorgeous pink interior. There I met Keebs who worked in the shop. Immediately I thought he would be a great subject. He easily agreed, so I went looking for a companion stranger. I met Beth at a bar across the street. Beth was ordering a shot and mentioned that she was in mourning for a very close friend whom she learned had just died. Fortunately Beth agreed to my request even in her heightened emotional state.
User Image renaldiphotos Posted: Oct 19, 2017 1:42 AM (UTC)
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Radhika and Lucas, New York, NY, 2011
2nd photo ©Dhanny Palma, 2011
In June of 2011, I happened upon a parade in the village called the Festival of the Chariots, one of India’s most ancient and popular festivals. It was cacophony of color. I knew it would be a great setting to work on making a Touching Strangers. I rushed home and then back to the park with my view camera.
One of my “cataloguing objectives" was to cast a Hindu woman dressed in a sari. These portraits were challenging to make in normal circumstances, let alone trying to find a girl/woman, likely raised in a traditional conservative culture to make a portrait touching another person. After an awkward attempt where a girl backed out at the last moment and more rejections, I finally found two young woman accompanied by one of their mothers who consented. I went in search of a partner/s and quickly found two men, tourists from Sweden, handsome, blond, in their twenties, who were up for the task. I quickly began posing them, framing the shot, and finding my focus. Behind the ground glass the scene I had created was of two lovely girls wearing vibrant colors standing in front of these men with their arms folded around the girls, in front of a large black tarp. At the moment that I was ready to close the shutter a man that had been standing on the periphery burst into the scene and grabbed the girls out of the frame. I was devastated - it was over. This man was a part of the group that came to the festival with these girls. He decided to imbue himself with the authority to overrule the consent of the other girls mother. This is patriarchy at its core (according to an account in a follow up on social media with the approving mother of one of the girls, this man was the father of the other girl. I still feel somewhat suspicious that’s actually true from how things played out - what was and was not said).
Fortunately I was able to find the inspiration to try one more time and that was when I met Radhika and Lucas. They were my saviors that day and fortunately there were no problems. In the end I was quite pleased with the final image.
Swipe left to see the setup of the portrait I almost made.