Arati Kumar-Rao

Arati Kumar-Rao is a National Geographic Explorer, independent environmental photographer, writer, and artist documenting the slow violence of ecological degradation. She crisscrosses the South Asian subcontinent following a single story, across seasons, sometimes over years, in order to chronicle South Asia’s changing landscapes and climate, and its effect on livelihoods and biodiversity. She communicates through photos, longform narratives, and art, and is working on her first book. Her work has appeared in, The Hindu, #Dysturb, The Guardian, BBC Outside Source, Hindustan Times, Mint, National Geographic Traveler India, Yahoo! Media,, Quartz, and other Indian and international outlets. She has been exhibited in India and internationally. Kumar-Rao is based in Bangalore, India.