Podcast 12 – Chris Rainier

Canadian photographer, Chris Rainier, has had an interesting career in photography. Here he talks to Newton & Coe about working for Ansel Adams, indigenous cultures, smart phones, sustainability, language, the power of photography and much more.

Chris landed a dream job in the early 1980s at the age of 19, while still in college, when he became Ansel Adams’ assistant. Working for Ansel Adams was not only a dream but also a fantastic education in the craft of photography. He was Ansel’s last assistant and he has gone on the be a National Geographic Society explorer and photographer. We caught up with him at the Xposure Festival of Photography in Sharjah, UAE.

During his tenure with the noted photographer, he worked with Ansel Adams to help amplify the use of art photography as a social tool – helping to preserve threatened wilderness areas and National Parks. Chris went on to collaborate with UNESCO and IUCN on a global project using photography to preserve endangered wilderness areas around the world.

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By Chris Coe

Chris is a professional photographer, and the founder of Travel Photographer of the Year. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1992, shooting both editorial and advertising photography, and has published over 50 books. He lectures on and teaches photography, mentors and is a competition judge.