Jimmy Nelson spent three-and-a-half years photographing indigenous tribes across the world and the result is a series entitled Before They Pass Away, which is not only accessible but also reveals the photographer’s privileged contact with the 35 tribes he spent time with. Above all, Nelson’s work is a reminder of our profound humanity: ”In 2009, I planned to become a guest of 31 secluded and visually unique tribes. I wanted to witness their time-honoured traditions, join in their rituals and discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever. Most importantly, I wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time,”
The KAZAKH tribe, MONGOLIA, March 2011.
The TSAATAN tribe, MONGOLIA, February 2011.
The NENETS tribe, SIBERIA - YAMAL, March 2011.
The LADAKHI tribe, INDIA, February 2012.
The RABARI tribe, INDIA, February 2012.
The MURSI tribe, ETHIOPIA, June 2011.
The ASARO tribe, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, 2010.
The SAMBURU tribe, KENYA + TANZANIA, December 2010.