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Bökh Dance (2005)

Matthieu Paley

Limited edition of 18
Archival pigment print
41.7 x 60 cm
Khövsgöl Province

Wrestling is one of Mongolia’s age-old "Three Manly Skills", along with horsemanship and archery. Before a match, tradition dictates that the wrestler must keep one hand on his trainer's shoulders and circle around him a few times, with his eyes closed. Before entering the ring, the wrestlers dress up in the traditional Zodog, a shirt with sleeves and back but no front.

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.



Bökh Dance

Stock No: MP209