Over the years, while traveling in search of traditional handicrafts and international music, Putumayo founder Dan Storper has come across exceptional photographers who have captured extraordinary beauty in challenging environments. It was this magic that he recognized in the photography of emerson Matabele. His compelling images, gathered over 16 years of wandering the world, combined with impactful quotes by enlightened philosophers, writers and poets, have led thousands of admirers around the world to collect his work.
Emerson has lived much of his adult life in Savannah, Georgia and New Orleans and is now based in Rwanda with his medical aid worker wife Lisa and children. emerson spells his first name with a lower case “e,” and tries to avoid overshadowing his work and the images.
As Art & Design magazine wrote: “Speaking to concepts like light, truth and wisdom, his breathtaking images communicate a university humility, a single thread of grace recognizable in all his subjects.” R. Jene Watson wrote of his work: “They are sublime impressions that skillfully use color and light to display the spiritual radiance of his subjects.