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Tengri Ovoo

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Tengri Ovoo (2010)

Matthieu Paley

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


A number of Katas, or blessed scarves, attached to the pole of an Ovoo flutter in the winds of the Gobi desert. An ovoo is a traditional Mongolian shaman shrine; often found on the roadside, they protect riders travelling across the vast distances of Mongolia.

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.