Explore tribes & journeys before they

Jimmy's Talk

TEDx Amsterdam

Explore the journeys

13 JOURNEYS, 44 COUNTRIES

Meet the tribes

OVER 15 MILLION PEOPLE IN 29 TRIBES

KazakhKazakhHimbaHimbaHuliHuliAsaroAsaro
KalamKalamGorokaGorokaChukchiChukchiMaoriMaori
See 21 more
MustangMustangGauchosGauchosTsaatanTsaatanSamburuSamburu
RabariRabariMursiMursiLadakhiLadakhiVanuatuVanuatu
TibetansTibetansHuaoraniHuaoraniDrokpaDrokpaDassanechDassanech
BannaBannaKaroKaroHamarHamarArboreArbore
DaniDaniYaliYaliKorowaiKorowaiNenetsNenets
MaasaiMaasai

Jimmy Nelson

PHOTOGRAPHER OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Jimmy Nelson (Sevenoaks, Kent, 1967) started working as a photographer in 1987. Having spent 10 years at a Jesuit boarding school in the North of England, he set off on his own to traverse the length of Tibet on foot. The journey lasted a year and upon his return his unique visual diary, featuring revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet, was published to wide international acclaim.

Soon after, he was commissioned to cover a variety of culturally newsworthy themes, ranging from the Russian involvement in Afghanistan and the ongoing strife between India and Pakistan in Kashmir to the beginning of the war in former Yugoslavia.

In early 1994 he and his Dutch wife produced Literary Portraits of China, a 30 month project that brought them to all the hidden corners of the newly opening People’s Republic. Upon its completion the images were exhibited in the People’s Palace on Tiananmen Square, Beijing, and then followed by a worldwide tour.

From 1997 onwards Jimmy began to successfully undertake commercial advertising assignments for many of the world’s leading brands. At the same time he started accumulating images of remote and unique cultures photographed with a traditional 50-year-old plate camera. Many awards followed. When he started to successfully and internationally exhibit and sell these images, this created the subsequent momentum and enthusiasm for the initiation of Before they Pass Away.

Before They Pass Away

THE PROJECT

The purity of humanity exists. It is there in the mountains, the ice fields, the jungle, along the rivers and in the valleys. Jimmy Nelson found the last tribesmen and observed them. He smiled and drank their mysterious brews before taking out his camera. He shared what real people share: vibrations, invisible but palpable. He adjusted his antenna to the same frequency as theirs. As trust grew, a shared understanding of the mission developed: the world must never forget the way things were. 

There is a pure beauty 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. Whether in Papua New Guinea or in Kazakhstan, in Ethiopia or in Siberia, tribes are the last resorts of natural authenticity.

‘’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 4x5 camera. 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, jewellery, extravagant hairstyles and ritual language."

Jimmy Nelson forces us to see, to understand and to remember before they pass away











THE BOOK - XXL LIMITED EDITION
500 exclusive and numbered copies
of this XXL book, offered in a
sumptuous clamshell box, showcased
on a custom-made transparent
book holder and containing
three autographed art prints.

• English
• 20.000 words
• 500 images
• 464 p, 200 gr
• 400 x 590 mm
• Hard cover with clamshell box (460 x 630 mm)
• E 6.500,00
• ISBN: 978-94-60650-77-2
• Printed in Italy

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Contact

GENERAL


Westerdoksdijk 423
1013 BX Amsterdam
tel: (+31) 020 722 09 25

For all general questions email to:
info@beforethey.com


TEAM


Jimmy Nelson
Photographer
Hannelore Vandenbussche
Assistant photography
Bram Vis
Assistant photography/film
Frans van Hapert
Project owner & director
Narda van ‘t Veer
Curator
Yasmin Guerucci
Producer
Coco Box
Jr. Producer
Anouk Woortmann
Jr. Producer

ART PRINTS


For more information about exhibitions & art prints please send your request to:
artprints@beforethey.com




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