These photographs, distilled from a lifetime of work, reveal the precision of Chris Rainier’s vision, the breadth of his imagination and the reach of his spirit as expansive and all-embracing as the many worlds through which he has travelled.
Ever since the dawn of human civilization, mankind has been in search of the sacred and a profound connection to the spiritual world. For countless traditional cultures around the planet, the dancing of the mask allows the performers and their audience to create a powerful relationship to a meaningful sense of the sacred.
Chris Rainier is a documentary photographer and filmmaker who is highly respected for his documentation of endangered cultures and traditional languages around the globe. For the past twenty years, Rainier has been involved with the National Geographic as both a Fellow and Explorer documenting endangered cultures and traditional knowledge systems. In 2002 he was awarded the Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorers Club for his efforts on cultural preservation, and in 2014 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society of London- specializing in cultural preservation.
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