National Geographic photographer Ken Garrett specializes in documenting ancient civilizations, archaeology, and human evolution.
With an academic background in anthropology and investigative inquiry, Ken’s work gradually focused on his passion for the Origin of Civilization. In a career spanning over 40 years, Ken Garrett has photographed more than 60 feature stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines, and has been involved with multiple National Geographic books and museum exhibits.
Ken’s work in Egypt started in 1994 with a National Geographic magazine feature story on Egypt’s Old Kingdom, followed by a major piece on the Valley of the Kings. Once established in Egypt, Ken went on to photograph 14 stories on new discoveries related to ancient Egypt, from predynastic to the times of Cleopatra.
Some six book projects in Egypt were highlighted by “Egypt of the Pharaohs” and "The King Tut Exhibit Catalog," which was a huge success worldwide. Garrett’s work with Tutankhamun continued with the CT Scan of Tut and the DNA of the Tutankhamun Family, and more recently, the ongoing search for Queen Nefertiti has kept Ken busy until the present. Beyond Egyptian history, the subject of his work has ranged from Meso American civilizations to human evolution stories and more, and he has photographed on all seven continents.
During his career in magazine journalism, Ken has also worked for a variety of publications, including Time, Fortune, Forbes, Smithsonian, Audubon, Natural History, Science 80, German GEO, Air and Space, as well as clients such as Marriott, IBM, Starbucks, UNC Aviation, and The Aluminum Association.