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Qyzyl Qorum Afghanistan (2008)

Matthieu Paley

Limited edition of 50
Archival Pigment Print
48 x 36 cm

High in the Pamir mountains of Afghanistan, a remnant group of less than 1000 Kyrgyz dwell in one of the remotest and most inhospitable environments occupied by people. 


These two young men are sons of the Khan, a tribal chieftain. They are standing with their backs to the “Bad-e Wakhan”, the infamous winter wind which blows through in the High Pamir.  Their painted nails indicate they have recently attended a wedding party.


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.



Qyzyl Qorum Afghanistan

Stock No: MP014