Rachel Papo was born in 1970 in Columbus, Ohio and was raised in Israel. She began photographing as a teenager and attended a renowned fine-arts high-school in Haifa, Israel. At age eighteen she served in the Israeli Air Force as a photographer. She earned a BFA in Fine Arts from Ohio State University (1991-96), and an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City (2002-05).
Rachel's photographs are included in numerous public and private collections, and have been exhibited and published worldwide. She is represented by ClampArt Gallery in New York City, and has published two monographs, Serial No. 3817131 (powerHouse Books, 2008) and Homeschooled (Kehrer Verlag, 2016). She has been selected a finalist for the "Santa Fe Prize for Photography", and has been awarded a NYFA Fellowship in 2006. In 2009 Rachel has won a Lucie Award for "Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year".
She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn, New York, working on personal projects and accepting commissions.