Pakistan Photo Festival Fellowship

2017 Mentors

Matthieu Paley


Matthieu Paley is a freelance photographer and a regular contributor to National Geographic.

Over the last 17 years, Matthieu’s passion for the human nature has taken him all over the world. He likes to focus his camera on regions that are misrepresented or misunderstood.

Matthieu also uses video and writing to open people’s eyes on our common humanity. He has published several books of his work (on Afghanistan’s Pamir mountains, Mongolia, Siberia and on the Evolution of Diet) and his fine-art images have been shown in solo exhibitions worldwide.

Over the course of his career, Matthieu has learned six languages (including Urdu!), feeding his passion to connect with the people he meets and helping him to instill a sense of intimacy into his images. He has been coming to Pakistan since 1999, one of his favorite country in the world.