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home / EXHIBITIONS / 2010 / An Ethereal World - Journeys to the Edges of Asia / Kachura



Kachura (2000)

Limited edition of 30
Archival pigment print

Kachura Lake in Baltistan, an area known as “The Little Tibet of Northern Pakistan”. Paley spent a year living in Baltistan in the late 1990’s documenting its cultural heritage and links to Tibetan Buddhism, and he captured this shot during that period.

Matthieu Paley

Matthieu Paley was born in France, spent three years studying photography in New York and has led a peripatetic life for much of the past twelve years in the highest and remotest regions of Asia. He is regarded as possibly the finest young explorer-photographer working today in Asia, and since 2012 has worked on several major National Geographic assignments


Paley’s photographs are awe-inspiring. His work is not easily acquired and few people ever visit the regions which he has made his second home. Frequently, he visits these beautiful but inhospitable regions in the depths of winter when temperatures drop to -30°c. For Paley this provides the best light and working conditions to shoot his ethereal and awe inspiring photographs.