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.

Arati has worked extensively in the deserts of Rajasthan, documenting the landscape, biodiversity, and the pastoralist way of life with their unique method of rainwater harvesting.

In her work, she communicates through photos, longform narratives, and art, and is working on her first book. Arati is based in Bangalore, India.