"The human form," writes Wade Davis in the Foreword to Ancient Marks, "became, through the brilliance of inspired artistry, a sacred geography of the soul, a map of culture and myth expressed through the simplicity of forms painted, carved, incised, or etched upon the canvas of the body." By turning his lens to this multifaceted worldwide art form, photographer Chris Rainier has given us a compelling book that connects body marking traditions to the great themes of mankind while documenting an aesthetic that goes far beyond skin deep. Body modification. Tattoo art. Branding. Scarification.
Media 27, Inc. / 1st edition, 2004
204 pages / 9780965922722
About the Author
Widely acknowledged as one of the leading documentary photographers today, Rainier has traveled the world for such publications as Time, Life, and the New York Times, while documenting cultural issues, famine, and war in such places as Somalia, Sarajevo/Bosnia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Cambodia, and Iraq. Rainier is co-director of the Ethnosphere Cultures Program at the National Geographic Society and is a contributing editor for the National Geographic Traveler Magazine, a contributing photographer for the National Geographic Adventure Magazine, and a contributing correspondent for the National Public Radio show Day to Day. He also regularly teaches seminars on the use of photography as an instrument for social change.