Chris Rainier

in conversation with Phil Cousineau

Saturday, December 5th, 2020
7:00est/4:00pst

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Chris Rainier’s Mask presents a striking collection of rare masks steeped in ancient tradition, captured through the lens of one of the world’s most celebrated documentary photographers.

Chris is a documentary photographer and National Geographic explorer who is highly respected for his documentation of endangered cultures and traditional languages around the globe. He is a fellow at the Royal Geographic Society in London. Prior to Mask, he published five books documenting traditional cultures around the globe, from the Stone Age tribes of New Guinea to the ancient tradition of tattoo body marking. Rainier is the director of the Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation, a global program focused on legally preserving biodiversity and cultural heritage. Rainier has photographed on all seven continents, focusing on the preservation of the planet’s last wildernesses and traditional cultures.

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer, and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.” With more than 35 books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name, the “omnipresent influence of myth in modern life” is a thread that runs through all of his work. His books include Stoking the Creative Fires, Once and Future Myths, The Art of Pilgrimage, The Hero’s Journey, Wordcatcher, The Painted Word, The Oldest Story in the World, The Book of Roads, and The Accidental Aphorist.

“I am a storyteller who uses a camera.”

– Chris Rainier

Get ready to join Chris in conversation, Saturday, December 5th, 2020.

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    What’s the hardest part of understanding a new culture? What’s the hardest part of capturing that culture in an image?

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    I would like. to hear you talk about your experiences traveling in New Guinea. I enjoy your photographs when you were there.

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    How has the pandemic influenced your ability to travel and capture different images and cultures around the world? Where will you travel next?

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    Do you take photos of life in America? What sorts of local images interest you?

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    What does it mean to you to to be a National Geographic photographer?

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    Which came first: your passion for other cultures or your passion for photography?

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    Do you bring your camera along with you everywhere? Do you ever struggle with wanting to be “in the moment” vs capturing a picture?

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    What is the favorite picture you have ever taken?

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    What is the last thing you saw that moved you?

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    What was the process like compiling your photos together in Mask? How do you decide how to order your photos?

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    How do you navigate being an outsider in a different culture?

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    What is your research process like? Do you do it before, during or after taking pictures?

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    How do you feel about the growing influence of instagram photographers? Do you use social media?

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    Who are your photographical inspirations?

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    Where does your inspiration come from?

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    Do you think print magazines will continue to be popular?

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    Is the Mayan language and culture on the “endangered list?” If so, what steps can be taken to preserve their language and culture, as well as other “endangered languages and cultures?” Please explain why that is so vital to our global livelihood.

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    Please talk about that great portrait of you, Chris, that accompanies the announcement of this event.