Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) October 02, 2012
Lovers of National Geographic photography can take a journey to the edge of the map with a new book from National Geographic Fellow and photographer Chris Rainier. Cultures on the Edge is a collection of more than 100 images from Rainier’s three decades photographing traditional cultures around the world. Through his stunning images, which can be seen also in both touring museum and art exhibits, Rainier illuminates traditional societies vulnerable to powerful changes unfolding in this century.
Chris Rainier is a master at creating powerful images that document the anthropological story of indigenous cultures whose ways are under threat. As the last photographic assistant to Ansel Adams in his early career, Rainier was instilled with a strong passion for the use of photography for social change. Rainier’s images have been featured in Life, Time, The New York Times and National Geographic’s Adventure and Traveler magazines. As Director of the Last Mile Technology Program, Rainier has committed his life to helping empower Indigenous Cultures to preserve their languages and traditions.
“Numerous traditional communities around the planet are struggling to maintain and revitalize their cultural traditions and rituals,” said photographer Chris Rainier. “Through my photography, I seek to document and help preserve for future generations the rituals, daily lives, and spiritual landscapes of these ancient cultures while they still exist among the increasing pressures of the modern world.”
Cultures on the Edge includes an essay written by noted National Geographic Explorer and ethnobotanist Wade Davis. The book is a joint publication between the National Geographic Society and the Chinese Photographic Publishing House.
Chris describes his life’s mission to implement and – where invited – help these tribal communities implement technology to document their ancient traditional ways in this video and in the introduction to the book. A collection of images, many of which are included in the new monograph, are viewable on his website http://www.chrisrainier.com.
Cultures on the Edge
By Chris Rainier
Essay by Wade Davis
National Geographic Books
Bill O'Donnell (bodonnel(at)ngs(dot)org)
Chris Rainier and Wade Davis Discuss Cultures on the Edge
National Geographic Headquarters, Washington DC
7:30 PM Friday, October 5th, 2012
Chris Rainier Discusses Cultures on the Edge
The Explorers Club
New York City
7:00 PM Monday, October 29, 2012