Chris Rainier is a National Geographic Society Fellow who has spent his career passionately documenting endangered cultures and traditional language loss. Born into a South African family he lived in Canada, Australia, Europe, the United States and Africa.
Rainier's career began when he was asked to be Ansel Adams last photographic assistant in the early 1980s soon after graduating from photography school in California. He began a with a mission to use his photography to document, preserve and empower traditional cultures around the globe which are under threat.
As apart of his passion to document culture and all of their complex issues of survival - he worked as a Time Magazine War photographer in the 1990’s covering: Somalia, Sudan, the siege of Sarajevo/Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, September 11th, and the South East Asian Tsunami in 2004.
He has won numerous awards for his documentation of traditional cultures (including the Lowell Thomas Award given by the Explorers Club for his efforts on cultural preservation) and recently has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society of Great Britain. His books and photographs have been added to numerous permanent collections of Museums around the world.