MASTERCLASS: Visual Storytelling & Social Advocacy w/ Environmental Journalist Arati Kumar-Rao

Join independent environmental photographer and writer Arati Kumar-Rao for a one-day masterclass on the role of visual storytelling and social advocacy.

This workshop is ideal for intermediate to advanced photographers with an interest in working independently and on in-depth projects and/or those who use photography and incorporate different media, to document change, highlight issues, develop insights and advocate for social causes.

Arati’s work focuses on issues underreported in the mainstream media, and her approach is long-term, following “the lives of people in landscapes over seasons, years, across governments, policy changes, and land-use change”. Since 2014, she has been documenting the slow violence of ecological degradation and climate change on ecosystems and livelihoods along South Asia’s rivers.

Some of the topics in this master class include:
– Planning your documentary photography project: sources, subjects, gear
– Incorporating other media with photography into your storytelling
– Finding the right outlet for your work
– Sustaining long-term projects

This talk is part of Stories That Matter 2017.

Arati will also give a public lecture on her career on Thur, 16 Mar, 7.30pm – 9pm.


  • Introduction to documentary photography
  • Discussion about Arati’s career
  • Review of participants’ previous works and areas of interest
  • Planning your project: sources, subjects, gear
  • Outdoor shoot with a specific assignment
  • Using photography in a social advocacy campaign

Workshop fee: S$280 / S$240*

*This subsidised rate only applies to current or past participants who have attended workshops at Objectifs.


Participants are required to bring a DSLR for the workshop. Basic photography proficiency is required.

About Objectifs:

Established in 2003, Objectifs is a non-profit visual arts centre in Singapore dedicated to photography and film.

Arati Kumar-Rao:

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