Matthieu Paley

Born in France, Matthieu Paley has travelled all over the world for National Geographic magazine. Focusing his efforts on regions that are misrepresented or misunderstood, he is especially committed to issues relating to diminishing cultures and the environment. Following a decade of relentlessly documenting the harsh, unforgiving existence of Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz nomads, Matthieu shot his first National Geographic story in 2011/2012 titled “Stranded on the Roof of the World”.

The recipient of numerous awards (more recently a 2017 World Press and a Photographer of the Year International Award), Matthieu has published several monographs of his work and his fine art images have been exhibited in galleries worldwide as well as in Museums. He regularly leads workshops for National Geographic Expeditions and is a lecturer for Nat Geo Live.

Over the course of his career, Matthieu has learned 6 languages, feeding his passion to connect with the people he meets and helping him to instill a sense of intimacy into his images.