Chris Rainier

Specialty: Photographer

National Geographic Explorer and acclaimed documentary photographer Chris Rainier specializes in documenting indigenous cultures around the world. Chris was co-founder of the Society’s All Roads Photography Program; serves as a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine; and was a co-director of the Society’s Enduring Voices Project, which documented vanishing languages and cultures. He is the director of the Global Program for Traditional Knowledge and Sustainability at Arizona State University’s Global Institute for Sustainability, and he also directs the Last Mile Technology Program, which empowers endangered cultures to save their ancient traditions through modern technology. His numerous awards include the Lowell Thomas Award, given by the Explorers Club. He was recently elected a fellow at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

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