The intimacy in these photographs stems from the photographer’s passion for human nature.
For years, Paley has lived with the communities he photographed, he ate their food and learnt their languages – and this is why his fine art photographs are layered with such an acute understanding of the people and their place. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions world-wide.
‘To collect photographs is to collect the world’: Susan Sontag
Matthieu’s photographs often explore themes of remoteness and isolation in geopolitically sensitive areas. He studied photography in New York and then moved to Pakistan in 1999. After 10 years of using Hong Kong as his base, he recently relocated to Turkey. Following a chance encounter in 2000, he started to document the journey of Kyrgyz yak caravans commuting from Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor into Pakistan, a project, that took him to unclimbed passes and unexplored areas – resulting in a book published in September 2012.
Matthieu’s images have a haunting beauty which makes you want to know more about the relatively unknown subjects in them. Matthieu has exhibited in galleries in Hong Kong, Paris and Istanbul and his multimedia presentations were projected at festivals such as the Perpignan Photojournalism Festival, the Banff Mountain Festival and Mountain Film in Colorado. More recently, he has lectured at the Royal Geographical Society and the Asia Society in Hong Kong, at the Grand Bivouac Festival in France as well as at the Vancouver Mountain Festival. Over the past 12 years, he has been sent on assignments by various magazines such as National Geographic, Time and Vanity Fair as well as collaborating on numerous books.