(Part 1 of 7)
Join photographer Matthieu Paley in the mountains of Afghanistan where no crops grow, the journey to get flour takes days, and goat eyes are on the menu.
Matthieu Paley is a National Geographic photographer living between the remote and a small village on the Aegean coast in Turkey. He recently completed a global story for National Geographic Magazine on the Evolution of Diet.
Over the last 15 years, Matthieu was sent on assignments by various magazines all over the world, from the base camp of the highest unclimbed mountain in the world in Bhutan to Nauru, the world's smallest republic in the middle of the Pacific ocean. He has published numerous books including a book on Siberia, a monograph on Mongolia and a commissioned book about Nomadic America. His last and longest book project, "Pamir, Forgotten on the roof of the World" ("Pamir, Oubliés sur le toit du monde"), was started unexpectedly in 1999, on a high mountain pass on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is currently working on a book titled Men & Food (October 2015).
After a 3-year stint in New York, where he studied photography, Matthieu moved to Northern Pakistan in 1999. To this day, he remained in the area for over four years, trekking extensively throughout the mountainous regions of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan while working with his wife Mareile for various NGO's and actively participating in the development of this fairly unknown regions. Mareile is a successful communications consultant for the United Nations and a passionate Pilates instructor, leading retreats all over the world with her wellness company: www.pilatesretreatasia.com
His images have been exhibited in private galleries in Hong Kong, Paris and Istanbul and his multimedia presentation were projected at festivals worldwide. More recently, he has lectured at the Royal Geographical Society and the Asia Society in Hong Kong and will soon be presenting his Evolution of Diet story at National Geographic Live in Washington DC.
Matthieu is a member of The Photo Society, a group of contributing photographers for National Geographic magazine. He regularly leads National Geographic workshops, more recently in Paris, Turkey and Mongolia.