Date(s): Sunday, September 22
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Chris Rainier, a National Geographic photographer considered one of the leading documentary photographers working today, will present the talk, “Cultures on the Edge: The Race Against Time to Help Empower Traditional Cultures,” as part of the museum’s 50th anniversary lecture series.
Rainier’s life mission is to capture on film both the remaining natural wilderness and indigenous cultures around the globe and to use images to create social change. Using the power of photography, Mr. Rainier will take the audience on a journey to explore cultures that are using computers, cameras and video to archive and preserve their quickly disappearing ancient traditions. He will show clear examples of traditional communities using technology to revitalize and maintain their way of life. Traveling the planet for over thirty years, Rainier has been in a race against time to document communities struggling to save their ancient ways of living for future generations. With the advent of technology-driven storytelling and social media, he focuses his energy on helping to empower indigenous communities to gather around the “fireplace” of the Internet to tell stories of what it means to live in the 21st century.
Rainier co-directs the National Geographic Society’s Cultural Ethnosphere Program as well as the All Roads Photography Program. He is a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine, specializing in culture; a contributing photographer for National Geographic Adventure magazine; and a correspondent on photography for NPR’s Day to Day radio show. Rainier also heads National Geographic’s Enduring Voices Project, which is documenting the world’s most endangered languages.
The lecture series is part of the celebration of the museum’s fiftieth anniversary, and is free and open to all.
The series brings in worldwide experts to speak on topics related to the museum’s collections and exhibitions on archaeology, Egyptology, decorative arts, the American Civil War, geology, and natural history.