More about this photo gallery
These photographs were made in 2004 during my time living and working in Kashmir with Guild photographer, friend, and mentor, Matt Brandon.
This beautiful and disputed land nurtured my passion for photography and poetry. The culture and people inspired my vision, causing me to pick up the camera again after 4 years of dormancy. But this time, digital.
I allowed curiosity to fuel my journey into the hearts and lives of the devout Muslims I lived with, those in my neighborhood, and the friends who I enjoyed starting the Miltsar Poetry Group with. I kept my camera at my side during most of these wonderful times.
This gallery is really my debut into cultural photography. The images here are the few I still like enough to display and share with the world.
Learn more about: Mario Mattei
Mario Mattei, visionary, social entrepreneur, independent photographer, documentary filmmaker & family man. He is the President & Co-Founder of the both the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (IGVP) and Visual Peace Media. At age 4 he declared, “The way to know the future is to plan ahead.” In kindergarten he stayed in from recess to draw. When his father took him camping & hunting in Arizona, he shouldered a camera. Educated at the Art Institute of Phoenix in Creative Multimedia, Mario began professional life as a web designer and creative director. On the side, he pursued photography, published poetry, wrote…