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Saxaul (2010)

Matthieu Paley

Limited edition of 18
Archival pigment print
60 x 45 cm
Ömnögovi Province

A solitary Saxaul tree provides a landmark in the Gobi desert. The Saxaul tree is probably the most important plant in the Gobi desert as it provides one of the only sources of water among all the rock and sand. Water collects behind the bark of the tree and can be harvested by people and animals.

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.




Stock No: MP215