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Azra Afghanistan (2005)

Matthieu Paley

Limited edition of 50
Archival Pigment Print
48 x 36 cm

A Wakhi girl from the village of Ptukh studies one of the first foreigners she has ever seen. The Wakhis are believed to be descendants of Alexander the Great. Tucked away in hard to reach valleys between the Pamir and Hindu Kush, the Afghan Wakhis eke out a living dictated by nature, family values and age old traditions.

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.



Azra Afghanistan

Stock No: MP013