Mattia Passarini is a talented freelance portrait photographer from Italy, who based in China since 2006. He is focused in photographing the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. His passion in capturing disappearing cultures, ancient rituals, and everyday life leads him to travel to the most neglected countryside areas. Mattia’s works are exhibited in museums, galleries, and photography festivals around the world.
Diversity of cultures is the differences that exist between factors around the world. There are traditions and cultures that have survived for thousand of years and now, in just one generation everything can disappear. I feel lucky to be one of the people that can still see and experience these diversity.
A 2016 winner of National Geographic’s Travel Photographer of the Year award, the Italian-born photographer captures cultures and traditions through its people, travels to some of the most remote areas of our planet, and portrays a compelling contrast to the painting of an increasingly uniform world.
Mattia Passarini’s portraits are from China’s Sichuan, Yunnan, Pakistan’s Northern regios, India’s Chhatisgarh, Orissa, Gujarat, the Democratic Republic of Congo, from Baka and Bambuti Pygmies, Rabaris, Jats (notoriously difficult to photograph), Ahirs, the Ramnami, China’s Miao, Myanmar’s Dai and Muun, and Indonesia’s Mentawai.
“My great passion for indigenous people and tribes as well as different ethnic groups leads me to travel to the most neglected Asiatic countryside areas and capture people’s traditions and culture before these disappear,” he says. “In recent years I have focused my research on their varieties, locations, habits and especially on their visible distinguishing features, which they express through body tattoo and body modifications.”