The purity of humanity exists. It is there in the mountains, the ice fields, the jungle, along the rivers and in the valleys.
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.
Jimmy Nelson found the real soul of the world, that is slowly disappearing:‘’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.”
Spending weeks in each tribe, Jimmy became acquainted with their time-honoured traditions, joined their rituals and captured it all in a very appealing way. He shared what real people share: vibrations, invisible but palpable. As trust grew, a shared understanding of the mission developed: the world must never forget the way things were.
“Before They Pass Away,” project by photographer Jimmy Nelson, gives us the unique opportunity to discover more than slowly vanishing tribes from all over the world. His detailed photographs showcase unique jewellery, hairstyles and clothing, not to forget the surroundings and cultural elements most important to each tribe, like horses for Gauchos.
Huli, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
Asaro, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
Kalam, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
Goroka, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
Maori, New Zealand