|Chris Rainier is considered one of the leading documentary photographers working today. His life's mission is to put on film endangered indigenous cultures, around the globe. Rainier is a National Geographic Society Fellow and during his tenure at the National Geographic Society has co-founded and directed the All Roads Photography Program as well co- founded and co-directed the Enduring Voices Project., under the auspices of the National Geographic Missions Program. He is a Contributing Editor at the National Geographic Traveler Magazine, - and has contributed to numerous articles, books and TV Productions at National Geographic spanning a fifteen year period of time. |
He is also the Director of Last Mile Technology Program which helps to empower Indigenous communities with cameras, computers, and smartphones to tell their own stories - and not be left behind on the wrong side of the Digital Divide. Rainier is a Contributing Editor for the NG Traveler Magazine, and is a Correspondent on Photography for NPR Radio’s Day to Day Show.
Recently he was elected a Fellow at the Royal Geographic Society in London, UK. for his docuemntation on Culture.
He has traveled to all seven Continents, including extensive expeditions throughout Africa, Antarctica and New Guinea. Rainier's photography has been seen in the leading publications of the day including: Time, Life, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Outside, and publications of the National Geographic Society.
In addition Rainier has photographed global cultural and conflict, famine, and war in such places as: Somalia, Sarajevo/Bosnia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Iraq, and recently the Tsunami disaster in Indonesia for numerous publications, - including Time Magazine & The New York Times. He has won awards for his photography, including the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award given by the Explorers Club for cultural documentation
Rainier’s photography has been shown and collected by Museums around the world including the Australian Museum in Sydney, The Biblotheque Nationale in Paris, The International Center of Photography in New York. The George Eastman House International Museum in Rochester, New York, and the United Nations.
Rainier lectures both in North America and Internationally on how photography can be used as a social tool in helping empower threatened indigenous cultures to preserve their endangered language and traditional Culture.