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Bat Baator (1998)

Matthieu Paley

Limited edition of 18
Archival pigment print
48cm x 34cm
Bayan ölgii Province


An aqsaqal of Kazakh descent takes his sheep to the Khovd market.  He leads a semi-nomadic life, moving with the seasons to different locations, together with his extended family, their livestock and their yurts. Aqsaqal , literally a “white beard”, is an honorific term for a wise older man. 

Matthieu Paley

Matthieu Paley has travelled all over the world on assignment for National Geographic magazine. Focusing his efforts on regions that are misrepresented, he is especially committed to issues relating to diminishing cultures and to the environment.

The recipient of numerous awards, Matthieu has published several books of his work and his fine art images have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.

Born in France, Matthieu spent three years studying photography in New York . Over the course of his 20 years’ career, he has learned 6 languages, feeding his passion to connect with the people he meets and helping to instill a sense of intimacy into his images.