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Sary Tash Afghanistan (2008)

Matthieu Paley

Limited edition of 30
Archival Pigment Print
80 x 60 cm

Nassim walks through a clothes line in front of his yurt. Behind him lies China (Xinjiang), on his right Tajikistan, on his left Pakistan’s magnificent Karakoram mountain range. All these international borders are closed and cannot be crossed under any circumstances. 

Matthieu Paley

Matthieu Paley was born in France, spent three years studying photography in New York and has led a peripatetic life for much of the past twelve years in the highest and remotest regions of Asia. He is regarded as possibly the finest young explorer-photographer working today in Asia, and since 2012 has worked on several major National Geographic assignments


Paley’s photographs are awe-inspiring. His work is not easily acquired and few people ever visit the regions which he has made his second home. Frequently, he visits these beautiful but inhospitable regions in the depths of winter when temperatures drop to -30°c. For Paley this provides the best light and working conditions to shoot his ethereal and awe inspiring photographs.



Sary Tash Afghanistan

Stock No: MP016