The magazine of the photo-essay
October 2019 back issue
“A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous!” Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film maker
"These photographs, distilled from a lifetime of work, reveal the precision of Chris Rainier's vision, the breadth of his imagination and the reach of his spirit as expansive and all embracing as the many worlds through which he has traveled." Wade Davis - Colombian-Canadian anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author, and photographer Ever since the dawn of human civilization, mankind has been in search of the sacred and a profound connection to the spiritual world. For countless traditional cultures around the planet, the dancing of the mask allows the performers and their audience to create a powerful relationship to a meaningful sense of the sacred. While masks have been hung in the great museums of the world, they are all too often separated from their context and meaning. Chris’ mission has been to bring the masks back to
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life. His powerful images bring out their deep spiritual meaning and each of the masks is shown in the world in which it is worshipped and understood. They are profoundly alive and intensely powerful. Chris’ images truly reveal how the masks still dance.
by Chris Rainier
Tlingit Raven Mask, Alaska
Hamatsa Raven Mask, Alert Bay Canada
Buddhist Deer Mask, Mustang region, Nepal
Butterfly Mask, Bwa region, Burkina Faso, West Africa
Shaman performing, Northern Mongolia
Sirige Mask, Dogon region, Mali, West Africa
Samurai Mask, Tokyo, Japan
Plank Mask, Bwa region, Burkina Faso, West Africa
Skeleton Masks, Thimpu, Bhutan
Bull Mask, Bwa region, Burkina Faso, West Africa
Haymen, (schab) Masks, Tauplitz, Austria
Naga Raksha Mask Central Sri Lanka
Brown Bear Mask, Alert Bay, Canada
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