Reininger was born in 1947 in Tel
Aviv, Israel and began his career covering the 1973 Yom Kippur War
for UPI. One of the original members of Contact Press Images in 1976,
he has followed the unrest and change in southern Africa and the Middle
East (1976-80), in Central America (1979-83), and in China (1985-89).
Perhaps best known for his pioneering work on AIDS, which he began
in 1980 when the disease was still largely unknown, he has received
numerous honors including the World Press Photo Premier Award in 1986,
the UN World Health Organization All for Health, Health for
All" award in 1987, and the Kodak Crystal Eagle Award in 1990
for Impact in Photojournalism. Working out of California during the
nineties he focussed primarily on social issues in the US, particularly
those concerning disparities of race and gender, such as immigration,
crime and education. He is based in Los Angeles.