National Geographic Society Fellow Chris Rainier exhibits Tattoos, a photography collection focusing on world tribal tattoos, showcasing how human skin can become “a map of culture and myth, a sacred geography of the soul”.
If the skin of the average human body was laid flat as a map, a sheet of parchment, it would spread over twenty square feet.
The human form, whether isolated in the forests of the Amazon, swept clean by the bitter winds of the Arctic, or soothed by sunset rains of Polynesia, became through the brilliance of inspired artistry a map of culture and myth, a sacred geography of the soul, all expressed by the simplicity of forms painted, carved, incised, or etched upon the canvas of the body.
About Chris Rainier
Chris Rainier is a National Geographic Society Fellow and documentary photographer - who is highly respected for his documentation of endangered cultures and traditional languages around the globe. In 2002 he was awarded the Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorers Club for his efforts on cultural preservation. He is a Fellow at the Royal Geographic Society in London UK.
He is the Director of The Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation – a global program focused on preserving Biodiversity and Cultural Heritage. The Foundation is supported by numerous organizations including Conservation International and the United Nations.
Rainier's photography and books have been widely shown and collected by 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, The National Geographic Society, and the United Nations.
Photo credit: Chris Rainier