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Robert Wayne Rainey, born March 16, 1966, is a fine-art and commercial photographer, and artistic community activist based in Phoenix, Arizona. Educated in photography through 23 years of practical experience, Wayne Rainey’s professional background includes black + white and color printing and large, medium, and small format photography utilizing 8 x 10, 4 x 5, 35 mm, experimental, and digital cameras. He has specialized in commercial fields such as food, lifestyles, resort, and major production advertising, including all prep and post. Aside from his commercial career, Rainey’s reputation in the fine arts world is made evident through exhibitions at Bentley Gallery and reviews in publications such as ArtNews and Communication Arts. Rainey has traveled extensively in Africa, Europe, and North and South America. It is through this travel that he distills a profound perspective and vision that is common throughout his imagery. Combined with his love for the southwest, Rainey has cultivated a unique understanding and appreciation for observing and photographing people in their local environments. Rainey is active in his hometown cultural district, where he has implemented numerous projects to revitalize the area, including both live / work facilities for artists with Holga's, the recently announced RO3 Development, and a multi-disciplinary creative consortium, realized in the monOrchid building. He was also executive publisher of Shade, an urban arts magazine, and truly understands the process of moving film to a finished publication. His commercial work is recognized throughout the world and his awards include Addy Awards, an Award of Excellence from CA, and recent accolades in PDN and the Alternative Pick. Rainey’s active presence in the community is apparent by his memberships on various neighborhood and downtown boards including serving as a Phoenix Arts Commissioner and was called an urban pioneer by the Arizona Republic, and placed on the Phoenix New Times "2003 Cool Index".