Randi Freundlich is a Boston-based photographer and social worker. She received a BFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has studied at New England School of Photography, Massachusetts College of Art, Maine Media Workshops, and the Griffin Museum of Photography.
Randi’s photographic style is documentary portraiture; it is informed by her social work with parents and families. Describing her process, she says, “social work and making portraits have a common theme – in their essence they are both about the relationship between people. Being successful in both endeavors requires establishing a feeling of trust. With photography, I hope to reduce the distance between the subject and the viewer, between people or worlds that are often very different from each other.”
Her current project brings her personal and professional lives together. Children of the World/Boston includes word and image about children of immigrant families living in Boston. Growing up Jewish in Texas, Randi was a minority in terms of culture and religion. She was inspired by the stories of her grandparents and great-grandparents, who emigrated from Europe.
Randi’s series has been exhibited at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from 2013 to 2014, and at Boston City Hall from December 2014 to January 2015. A slideshow of Children of the World/Boston images is currently included in the Dreams of Freedom exhibit at the Prudential Center’s Skywalk Observatory in Boston, and at the Boston Children’s Museum.