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by Brenda K. Hipsher – March 11th, 2013

Welcome Clizia Capecchi, EMEA Marketing Coordinator, Media and Imaging for X-Rite based in Switzerland for her guest blog on Coloratti Matthieu Paley. Be sure to register for Matthieu Paley’s first X-rite webinar on March 14, 2013. There is a link at the bottom of this article. Be sure to secure your seat early.

PaleyHeadshotLooking Over the Next Ridge: The Work of Coloratti Matthieu Paley

By Clizia Capecchi

X-Rite Coloratti Matthieu Paley is a French photographer based in Turkey. He has more than twelve years experience, four books and numerous assignments. His passion to always look “over the next ridge” has provided him with countless opportunities to witness our common humanity.

Matthieu took the time to share with us some info regarding his last great project, the book “Pamir, Forgotten on the roof of the World”, where he collected rarely photos of a disappearing world—testimony to the unique life, rough and fascinating, of a people attached to their land, whose survival on the Roof of the World defies all odds. The Pamir Mountains are a mountain range in Central Asia and they are among the world’s highest mountains, and since Victorian times, they have been known as the “Roof of the World.” Learn more about the Pamir in this fascinating short video.

Below are excerpts of my interview with Matthieu Paley.

Clizia Capecchi: “Pamir, Forgotten on the roof of the World” is your last book: for how long have you worked on this project? How the idea started?

Matthieu Paley: I have worked on the book for over 12 years, on and off. The idea for the book came after my first winter trip there in 2008. The place had not been visited in winter by foreigners since 1972, I wasn’t even born in 1972.

Winter expedition through the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan and into the Afghan Pamir mountains, to document the life of the Afghan Kyrgyz tribe, the remotest high altitude community in the world. Photography © Matthieu Paley / Expedition en hiver ˆ trav

CC: What have been your top 3 places to photograph so far and why?

MP: North Pakistan, the Wakhan corridor in Afghanistan and remote Pacific islands like Nauru.

CC: Do language barriers ever affect your work when you are photographing people even though you speak several languages?

Winter expedition through the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan and into the Afghan Pamir mountains, to document the life of the Afghan Kyrgyz tribe, the remotest high altitude community in the world. Photography © Matthieu Paley / Expedition en hiver ˆ travMP: Yes, that’s why I take my time to learn as much as I can of the local language where I am working. I speak 6 languages, including tongue twisting Wakhi.

CC: Can you tell us about any particularly exciting travel or photography projects you have planned in the near future?

MP: I am hoping to be soon in Turkmenistan and a trip back to North Pakistan, where I have spent 4 years all together, an amazing place.

Check out his latest book at www.pamirbook.com  where you can order signed and limited edition copies. Take the time to visit Matthieu Paley’ website at http://www.paleyphoto.com/ to enjoy more of his amazing photographic projects. Read more about Matthieu at NY TIMES Lens A Hard Life on the ‘Roof of the World,” on NPR’sPictures Of A Place Where No One Should Livein partnership with National Geographic Magazine, andClimbing to the Roof of the World with Matthieu Paleyon the PhotoShelter Blog.

Matthieu will present his first webinar with X-Rite on March 14, 2013 sharing some of his best practices and experiences. Register today for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about the amazing Matthieu Paley.

Looking Over the Ridge: The Work of Photographer Matthieu Paley and How It’s Done

3/14/2013 2.00pm CET

 

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