Chris Rainier - Mask (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 4:00pm

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.

Concerned by the loss of cultural diversity in our rapidly modernizing world, photographer Chris Rainier traveled the globe documenting the world’s disappearing cultures with a focus on indigenous dances and rituals. The result is this mesmerizing photographic collection of rare and ancient masks, collected over 30 years across six continents.

Preserved in remote locations rarely visited by outsiders, the masks displayed in this book are hallmarks of little-known and endangered cultural and religious traditions from around the globe.

Through his stunning photography—at once mysterious and ethereal—Rainier takes us on a continent-spanning exploration of the practice of veiling one face with another—from the masks used in scarification rituals in Burkina Faso to Bön Buddhist masks long hidden away in a Bhutanese monastery. Accompanying the striking images are a foreword by renowned essayist Pico Iyer and stories recounting Rainier’s journeys to the remote reaches to preserve and celebrate these ancient objects of beauty and power and the cultures that produced them.

Rainier, a National Geographic explorer and photographer, has dedicated his life to preserving cultural heritage. Through his lens, we see an awe-inspiring portrayal of the rich cultural diversity our world still has to offer.

Chris Rainier 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.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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By Chris Rainier (By (photographer)), Pico Iyer (Foreword by)
$75.00
ISBN: 9781683836452
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Earth Aware Editions - September 24th, 2019

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.

Celebrated photographer Chris Rainier has documented indigenous and endangered cultures worldwide.