Talking Street Photography at SAC

The International Center of Photography is bringing a series of talks with innovative street photographers to the Southampton Arts Center this August in conjunction with SAC’s new exhibition, “Beyond the Streets: On Paper.”

ICP Talks is a series of illustrated talks with esteemed photographers making work on the street, to be presented on Thursdays, Aug. 5, 12 and 19.

From Richard Renaldi’s work creating moments of vulnerability and compassion amongst strangers to Andre Wagner’s investigation of the American landscape to Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s individual and collaborative projects, these talks look at work made on the street. 

All lectures are at 7 p.m., and tickets are $20.

Richard Renaldi’s “Aaron and Ava; Cincinnatti, OH 2014” from “Touching Strangers.”

Richard Renaldi, who will talk on Aug. 5, is a portrait photographer, capturing encounters with people and strangers on the streets of New York City and beyond. Renaldi will discuss his photographic work, including his recent project, “Touching Strangers,” in which he paired strangers on the street, asking them to touch or embrace one another to create moments of vulnerability and compassion captured in his photographs. 

His other notable projects include his first monograph, Figure and Ground, published by Aperture (2006) which presents seven years of work exploring the relationship between his subject subject and Manhattan, an homage to New York nightlife and the subcultures and scenes that spill into the street between dusk and dawn.

Andre Wagner, who will talk on Aug. 12, is a Brookly-based photographer investigating American social landscape through the lineage of street photography. Capturing the poetic nuances of city life through the streets, neighborhoods, and youth of New York City, Wagner’s work explores themes of race, class, community and cultural identity. 

Wagner is currently a Public Artist in Residence with the NYC Commission on Human Rights, and is releasing his newest publication, “New City, Old Blues,” a culmination of eight years documenting the changing neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn and beyond, this year.

Photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, present a dynamic talk, “The Blind Man & The Bus: On Street Photography and the Poetic Image,” on Aug. 19. The collaborators will show a number of projects—both individual and collaborative—and discuss their work in the context of the tradition of street photography.

Alex Webb, a Magnum Photos member since 1979, has released over 15 books, including “Brooklyn: The City Within,” published recently with Rebecca Norris Webb. Rebecca Norris Webb, a poet, photographer, and recent NEA grant recipient, has published eight books interweaving text and her photographs.

On Aug. 26, there will be a bonus discussion, book signing and cocktail reception with authors John Kurdewan and Steven Stolman on their new book, “Bill Cunningham Was There: Spring Flings + Summer Soirées,” a look back at the genius of the late New York Times’ photojournalist, Bill Cunningham.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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