Desert House, Colorado, 2011

A lonely house… Driving through Colorado… Images to illustrate the road and the people you meet along the way on a trip across the USA… A 4-weeks road trip across the USA, from New York to San Francisco, on the steps of Jack Kerouac’s famous book “On the Road”. Focusing on nomadic America: people that live on the move across the US, out of ideology or for work reasons. “Leaving Denver,” I shot it while on the way west from Denver in 2011. I crossed the US for a book commission, following the steps of Jack Kerouac’s journey across the US. It’s published in his book On the Road.

Location: United States
Photograph Date: 2011
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200

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About the Photographer

Matthieu Paley

Matthieu Paley is a regular contributor to National Geographic.

Matthieu’s passion for the human nature has taken him all over the world. He likes to focus his camera on regions that are under-reported or misrepresented. Matthieu has published several books of his work on the Pamir mountains, Mongolia, Siberia and on the Evolution of Diet.

He is the recipient of many awards, including a 2017 World Press award. Over the course of his career, Matthieu has learned 6 languages, feeding his passion to connect with the people he meets and helping him to instil a sense of intimacy into his images. He regularly leads National Geographic workshops, more recently in Paris, Prague, Turkey and Mongolia.

Born in France, Matthieu currently spends his time between the remote and a small village on the Aegean coast in Turkey. More of his work can be seen on his website ( and by following him on Instagram @paleyphoto

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