Since 2009, photographer Jimmy Nelson has traveled the globe through such places as Papua New Guinea, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Siberia in search of the “last of the tribesmen”.
There, he found them “in the mountains, the ice fields, the jungle, along the rivers and in the valleys.” Through mutual trust and friendship, Nelson has been able to capture some of the most astounding images ever captured on camera. Together, their mission was to never forget the way the world once was. Their beauty lies in their “goals and family ties, their belief in gods and nature, and their will to do the right thing in order to be taken care of when their time comes”.
“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.”
Nelson ambitious project has been documented in his excellent new (and hefty) book “Before They Pass Away.”
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