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AMONG THE FURTHEST reaches of Afghanistan, in the Wakhan Corridor, lies an isolated, arid land from which the highest mountain ranges in the world radiate: the Pamir plateau. At over 14,000 feet, some 1150 Afghan Kyrgyz live here, suspended in time, trapped by history.
In the year 2000, while exploring this region in the heart of Asia, the photographer Matthieu Paley and his wife Mareile encountered a caravan of these proud nomads and their great leader, the Khan. Matthieu subsequently returned three more times, in the middle of winter, walking the length of the frozen Wakhan River—something only a handful of Westerners had ever risked doing.
The images of Pamir, Forgotten on the roof of the World, unveil a rarely photographed, 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.
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