Photographer Kiliii Yuyan illuminates the stories of the Arctic and human communities connected to the land. Informed by ancestry that is both Nanai (Siberian Native) and Chinese-American, he has traveled across the polar regions working with Indigenous cultures and wildlife. On assignment, he has fled collapsing sea ice, chased fin whales in Greenland, and found kinship at the edges of the world.
Kiliii has produced seven stories for National Geographic, with a focus on the Arctic. They include a multi-year project on the subsistence whaling culture of the Alaskan Iñupiaq, as well as stories on the ‘Heathrow of the Arctic’ for migratory birds and Greenland’s kayak culture. He is currently at work on a project covering Indigenous-led conservation in Ecuador, Australia and Greenland. Kiliii is also an award-winning contributor to Vogue, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Guardian, and the Nature Conservancy.