“Before They Pass Away” by Jimmy Nelson: a journey to the world’s last indigenous tribes

Jimmy Nelson spent three-and-a-half years photographing 31 indigenous tribes across the world and the result is a series entitled “Before They Pass Away“. Jimmy Nelson, comments on his site:

”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. A body of work that would be an irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world. Elegant and evocative portraits created with a 4×5. The detail that is attained by using such large negatives would provide an extraordinary view into the emotional and spiritual lives of the last indigenous peoples of the world. At the same time, it would glorify their varying and unique cultural creativity with their painted faces, scarified bodies, jewelry, extravagant hairstyles and ritual language”.

There are not enough words to describe such diversity, beauty and life around the world, in places we might never be able to visit. If you want to buy his book please click Here.