On earning the right to be an eyewitness:
“You know, it’s not only about getting the beautiful picture. It’s also about feeling that you deserve to be here and witness of what’s going on. And to be able to live with it and not feel you’re raping or stealing that image.”
“To be able to be amazed on a regular basis – it’s not easy, but you can work on this, you can work on that garden in your mind.”
Paley has published numerous books including a book on Siberia, a monograph on Mongolia, a commissioned book about Nomadic America and a crowd-funded book on the Evolution of Diet which started as a National Geographic assignment: documenting the lifestyle of self sufficient communities all over the world. His longest book project, “Pamir, Forgotten on the roof of the World”, lasted 12 years and began unexpectedly in 1999, on a high mountain pass on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Matthieu’s images have been exhibited in private galleries all over the world. He is a member of The Photo Society, a group of contributing photographers for National Geographic magazine, and is represented by National Geographic Creative.