Photographer Richard Renaldi Presents His 'Fall River Boys' at the University's Sol Mednick Gallery

Portraits document adolescents coming of age in a decaying American landscape

April 7, 2010

Photographer Richard Renaldi began visiting the sleepy, post-industrial town of Fall River, Mass., after stopping there on a whim on his way to Cape Cod in 2000. He was drawn to the former cotton textile manufacturing center for its “bleakness and beauty.”

The Chicago native returned to the working class community several times over the next nine years, capturing images of the town's adolescents as they grappled with coming of age. The resulting portraits are on display in the exhibition “Fall River Boys” at the Sol Mednick Gallery (211 S. Broad St.) at the University of the Arts April 9 – May 2.

An opening reception for Renaldi will be held in the gallery on April 29 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Equality Forum, an annual seven-day celebration of international gay culture.

Renaldi, who received his BFA in photography from New York University, has mounted solo photography exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including Yossi Milo Gallery and Debs & Co. in New York, and Jackson Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta. In 2006, Aperture Foundation published Renaldi’s first monograph, Figure and Ground. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009 by his own imprint Charles Lane Press.

The Sol Mednick Gallery is located on the 15th floor of Terra Hall (211 S. Broad St.) in the Media Arts department and offers a regular schedule of exhibitions of contemporary photography. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.

Photo: "Craig, 2006" from Richard Renaldi's "Fall River Boys" series.

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