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I don’t try to fool myself that the stories of individuals are themselves arguments. I just believe that better arguments, maybe even better policies, get formulated when we know more about ordinary lives.
— Katherine Boo

Arati Kumar-Rao is a National Geographic Explorer, an 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. She is currently on a National Geographic Explorer grant to document forced human migration.

Arati’s work has appeared in NationalGeographic.org, The Hindu, #Dysturb, The Guardian, BBC Outside Source, Hindustan Times, Mint, National Geographic Traveler India, Yahoo! Media, Scroll.in, Quartz, and other Indian and international outlets. She contributes to @EverydayClimateChange and @EverydayExtinction on Instagram and has been exhibited in India and internationally.

Arati is based in Bangalore, India.

*Slow Violence and The Environmentalism Of The Poor


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