• Design Free Thursday // Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson.


    Posted on 28th November, by Dana Tomić Hughes in art, photography, random fun, travel. 2 Comments

    Karo Tribe, Ethiopia. Photo by J Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Karo Tribe, Ethiopia. Photo by J Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Karo Tribe, Ethiopia.

    Kalam Tribe, Papua New Guinea. Photo by J Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Kalam Tribe, Papua New Guinea. Photo by J Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Kalam Tribe, Papua New Guinea.

    Huli Tribe, Papua New Guinea. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Huli Tribe, Papua New Guinea. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Huli Tribe, Papua New Guinea.

    Asaro Tribe, Indonesia. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Asaro Tribe, Indonesia.

    Mursi Tribe, Ethiopia. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Mursi Tribe, Ethiopia. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Mursi Tribe, Ethiopia.

    Drokpa Tribe, Kasmir, India. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Drokpa Tribe, Kasmir, India. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Drokpa Tribe, Kasmir, India.

     

    Jimmy Nelson is a photographer of people who set out to search for the world’s last indigenous cultures. His goal is to document these rapidly disappearing communities for future generations. Nelson fascinating project, Before They Pass Away, is a unique global documentation of the worlds last and most beautiful tribes and cultures. Featuring over 500 images, this project highlights 35 different tribes across 5 contents. Presented as a book, a series of art prints, and a soon to be released DVD, Before They Pass Away is an extraordinary view into the emotional and spiritual lives of the last indigenous people, with evocative portraits created with photographer’s 4×5 camera.

     

    Maasai Tribe, Tanzania. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Maasai Tribe, Tanzania. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Maasai Tribe, Tanzania.

    Himba Tribe, Namibia. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Himba Tribe, Namibia.

    Maori People, New Zealand. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Maori People, New Zealand.

    Huaorani Tribe, Ecuador. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Huaorani Tribe, Ecuador.

    Many Vanuatu, Vanuatu. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Many Vanuatu, Vanuatu.

    Mustang Tribe, Nepal. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Mustang Tribe, Nepal.

    Rabari Tribe, Rajastan, India. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Rabari Tribe, Rajastan, India. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Rabari Tribe, Rajastan, India.

    Samburu Tribe, Kenya. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Samburu Tribe, Kenya. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Samburu Tribe, Kenya.

    Gaucho Tribe, Argentina. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    Gaucho Tribe, Argentina.

    The Kazakhs, Mongolia. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    The Kazakhs, Mongolia. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    The Kazakhs, Mongolia.

    The Nenets, Siberia. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    The Nenets, Siberia.

    The Tibetans, China. Photo by Jimmy Nelson | Yellowtrace

    The Tibetans, China.

     

    I feel so deeply moved by this project and Nelson’s palpable images which, for me, tap into the essence of mankind and the spirit of humanity. Seeing all these painted bodies, fee souls and wild spirits makes me want to discard all my worldly possessions, move to the jungle and get tattooed up. Ok, not really, although – looking at these images – I can’t help but wonder (yet again) if our Western society has completely lost the plot in our relentless pursuit of the material, the beautiful and the unattainable. The lifestyle darling… *eyeroll*

    Nelson started working as a photographer in 1987, where he set off on his own to travel through Tibet for a year. The documentation of this journey was the first of many to come. If you are so inclined, his amazing book can be purchased here and here. In the meantime, feel free to scroll the below gallery for full screen images. Enjoy!

    Related photography projects on Yellowtrace - Where Children Sleep and Jiadang (Family Stuff) by Huang Qingjun.

     


    [Images © Jimmy Nelson, courtesy of Before They Pass Away.]

     





  • 2 Responses to “Design Free Thursday // Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson.”

    1. What stunning photographs and such an important piece of documentation! Jane

    2. Emma says:

      Wow, so atmospheric, an amazing collection!



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