Saturday, November 23, 2013

'Before They Pass Away' by Jimmy Nelson

Before They Pass Away is a collection of evocative portraits by the British photographer Jimmy Nelson that capture the world's "last tribesmen".

In 2009, Nelson began the project, aiming 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," he said. "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."

For his elegant and evocative portraits, Nelson used a 4x5 camera, a 50-year-old plate 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.''

The VANUATU tribe, VANUATU, September 2011.

The MURSI tribe, ETHIOPIA, June 2011.

The GAUCHOS tribe, ARGENTINA + ECUADOR, July 2011.

The MUSTANG tribe, NEPAL, May 2011.

The MUSTANG tribe, NEPAL, May 2011.

The MAASAI tribe, KENYA + TANZANIA, November 2010.

The LADAKHI tribe, INDIA, February 2012.

The KAZAKH tribe, MONGOLIA, March 2011.

The KAZAKH tribe, MONGOLIA, March 2011.

The DROKPA tribe, INDIA, February 2012.

The CHUKCHI tribe, SIBERIA - CHUKOTKA, February 2012.

The VANUATU tribe, VANUATU, September 2011.


The SAMBURU tribe, KENYA + TANZANIA, December 2010.

The RABARI tribe, INDIA, February 2012.

The HULI tribe, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, 2010.

The ASARO tribe, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, 2010.

The GOROKA tribe, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, 2010.

The KARO tribe, ETHIOPIA, July 2011.

The NENETS tribe, SIBERIA - YAMAL, March 2011.

Photos © Jimmy Nelson / www.beforethey.com

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