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Azra Afghanistan (2005)

Matthieu Paley

Limited edition of 50
Archival Pigment Print
48 x 36 cm

A Wakhi girl from the village of Ptukh studies one of the first foreigners she has ever seen. The Wakhis are believed to be descendants of Alexander the Great. Tucked away in hard to reach valleys between the Pamir and Hindu Kush, the Afghan Wakhis eke out a living dictated by nature, family values and age old traditions.

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.



Azra Afghanistan

Stock No: MP013