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Andamin Afghanistan (2008)

Matthieu Paley

Limited edition of 30
Archival Pigment Print
67 x 90 cm

After two weeks travel along the frozen Wakhan river, which is the only way to access the High Pamir in winter, one finds this view from Andamin towards the settlement of Mulk Ali, the heart of the High Pamir in Afghanistan. Beyond the hills in the distance is the Chinese border. The Afghan Kyrgyz live all year round on this barren plateau at an altitude of 4200 metres.

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.



Andamin Afghanistan

Stock No: MP012