Lois Lambert Gallery will present Phil Rasori: Portraits From the Edge, Saturday, July 29th, through Sunday, September 3rd, at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., E3, Santa Monica.

The exhibit will showcase portraits of indigenous peoples from endangered cultures around the world.

An opening reception is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 29th.

Phil Rasori has been photographing indigenous people from endangered cultures for the last 25 years. He is currently working on a photography book about the island of New Guinea, the people who live there, and in particular, their magnificent ceremonial dress, according to the gallery.

His New Guinea exhibit opened at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco in 2000 and has since traveled across the U.S. Over 500,000 museum visitors have reportedly seen it.

He has exhibited extensively on university campuses, including eight prior exhibits on endangered peoples at Stanford University, as well as exhibits at the University of California at Berkeley, the Museum of Peoples and Cultures at Brigham Young University, the University of Alabama (which specializes in New Guinea studies), San Francisco State University, and Sonoma State University.

Showings at major municipal museums in addition to the California Academy of Sciences have included, the Museum of Man in San Diego, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in Monterey, the Everhart Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, and various private galleries.

The exhibit at Lois Lambert Gallery will focus particularly on the endangered cultures of the island of New Guinea, considered the last great stronghold of cultural diversity left on the planet.

Rasori has led seven field seminars to the island since 1989 and the portraits in the exhibit from New Guinea were taken during those seminars.

Besides the endangered cultures of New Guinea, the exhibit will include portraits of the Maasai and Samburu of East Africa, the Quechua of Peru, the Waimiri of the Brazilian Amazon, the Maya of Guatemala, the Tharu of Nepal, the Bhutanese, and the Tibetans.

Information, (310) 829-6990 or on the Web, www.galleryof functionalart.com