World famous photographer Jimmy Nelson's dream has always been to create awareness about our world’s indigenous cultures through his photography. He has wanted to create a visual document that shows us and future generations the beauty of how they live. Like Edward Sheriff Curtis, the famous American ethnologist and photographer, who documented the North American Indians at the beginning of last century, he wanted to create carefully orchestrated portraits of these amazing peoples, at their absolute proudest.
Since 2010, Jimmy Nelson has been traveling around the world to document some of the most iconic indigenous cultures on the planet. On his journeys he is continuously witnessing the speed with which the amazing communities are embracing the future. He has come to realize, after a life spent traveling, that his camera is the perfect tool for making contact and building intimate and unique connections.
Jimmy Nelson is not an anthropologist or a man of science. He does not claim to have the knowledge to address the questions we have about indigenous and other traditional cultures. He is a photographer and a storyteller. What started as a naive engagement with the peoples he met during work assignments, has over a period of three decades turned into a personal project. The book "Before they pass away" is an homage to the cultures he will probably never fully understand, but who will never stop luring him to explore.
This tribute to vibrant tribal cultures around the world is a must-have for any lover of documentary photography.
Size: 29 x 37 cm.
402 color photographs
Large size hardcover with embossing in the canvas cover. Protected by a paper printed jacket with full colour print.
Text: German, English and French