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 is Director of The Enduring Voices Project, documenting endangered languages and cultures. He also directs the All Roads Photography Program under the auspices of the National Geographic Cultures Program. Rainier is a Contributing Editor for the NG Traveler Magazine specializing in Culture, and is a contributing Photographer for NGS Adventure Magazine, as well as a Correspondent on Photography for NPR’s Day to Day Show. 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 adventure stories. Rainier’s photography has been shown and collected by numerous Museums around the world including the Australian Museum in Sydney, The Bibliothèque 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.