Item description for Ancient Marks: The Sacred Origins of Tattoos and Body Marking by Chris Rainer & Wade Davis...
Seven years, seven continents, and thirty countries, from the African savannah to the barrios of Los Angeles, from New Zealand to Egypt, and Brazil to Burkina Faso, Chris Rainier documented the traditions of tattooing, scarification, piercing, and other forms of body altering art, the origins of which date back to the dawn of humankind. Ancient Marks reveals not only the haunting beauty of these often mystical forms, but also connects them to humanity's enduring efforts to tell stories, forge identity, and create links to the divine. "The human form became, through the brillance of inspired artistry, a sacred geography of the soul, a map of culture and myth expressed by forms painted, carved, or incised upon the canvas of the body" — Wade Davis. A former apprentice to Ansel Adams, award-winning Chris Rainier is considered one of the leading documentary photographers working today. Co-director of the National Geographic Society's Cultural Ethnosphere Program, he has traveled to all seven continents, including extensive expeditions throughout Africa, Antarctica, and New Guinea. Rainier's photography has been featured in Time, Life, Smithsonian, The New York Times, Outside, and is a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler, a contributing photographer for National Geographic Adventure and a contributing correspondent for NPR's Day to Day.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 12.5" Height: 12.25" Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 10, 2006
Publisher Earth Aware Editions
ISBN 1932771751 ISBN13 9781932771756
Reviews - What do customers think about Ancient Marks: The Sacred Origins of Tattoos and Body Marking?
Beautiful Photos Sep 4, 2008
This book has some incredible photos. it would have been nice to have a bit more description but the photos look great.
Brilliant Sep 6, 2007
Ancient Marks contains absolutely stunning photography. It was great to see some rock markings from Western Aus. This book delievered way more than i expected. It is so beautiful i was wasnt sure how to turn the pages without touching them and getting marks all over them. I was absolutely blown away at the quality Great stuff
Another Masterpiece May 12, 2007
This is truly a wonderful book. Rainier's other book, "Where Masks Still Dance: New Guinea" was fabulous in its presentation and images, but this book goes one better with a dvd enhanced with music by Anoushka Shankar which can be viewed on its own. The music perfectly complements the starkness of the haunting images. Tattoos,scarification, and other bodily modifications of many cultures are showcased here without calling unecessary attention to these adornments as bizarre/freakish as in some other books which are designed to shock/titillate.
Outstanding tattoo and body marking portraits Jan 29, 2007
Beautifully photographed portraits of wearers of tattoos and body markings in many locations around the world. A must for the library of anyone interested in the topic.
Awesome book by a great photographer Jan 26, 2007
I bought this book as a gift for my girlfriend but stole it back. It isn't all about tattoos, which it may lead you to believe, but includes bits about all types of body modification techniques. The photographer is a well known National Geographic photographer, and his work certainly doesn't fail here. Good coffee table book if you have stuck up inlaws like I do that would be made uncomfortable by the sight of it.