Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received a BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. After college, Renaldi worked as a researcher and editor at Magnum Photos and Impact Visuals. During this period he began the first of many long term projects, including a series of 8x10 view camera street portraits on Madison Avenue in New York City. In the first major showing of his photographs, the Madison Avenue portraits were included in STRANGERS: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Center of Photography in 2003.
In 2008, Renaldi started Charles Lane Press, a publishing company dedicated to bringing the work of lesser known and emerging photographers—or overlooked projects—into print. In its first three years, Charles Lane Press published four books, including his second monograph, Fall River Boys. Renaldi served as editor on Outerland, by Allison Davies, and Interior Relations, by Ian van Coller. Charles Lane Press has commissioned essays by novelists, journalists, and poets, including Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Cunningham, New Yorker correspondent and MacArthur Fellow Peter Hessler, and South African novelist Sindiwe Magona.
Five monographs of his work have been published, including Richard Renaldi: Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006); Fall River Boys (Charles Lane Press, 2009); Touching Strangers (Aperture, 2014); Manhattan Sunday (Aperture, 2016); I Want Your Love (Super Labo, 2018).
Since 2004, he has been involved with Visual AIDS as an active member, fundraiser, and supporter of the organization. In 2011, he received the Bill Olander Award, honoring his commitment to art activism, AIDS advocacy, HIV prevention, education, and support of other artists with HIV/AIDS.
Renaldi was the 2015 recipient of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Most recently, he served as the Henry Wolf Chair in Photography at The Cooper Union in New York City. Previously, in the spring of 2018, he was the Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
He is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York and Robert Morat Galerie in Berlin.