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Jimmy Nelson

Photo exhibition

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BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY
by
JIMMY NELSON

 

Project

Between 2010 & 2014 Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to document some of the most fantastic indigenous cultures left on the planet today. He had come to realize that from a life spent travelling that his camera was the perfect tool for making contact and building intimate and unique friendships. Relationships with hither to unknown and understood communities in some of the farther most reaches of the planet. He wanted to discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever. But most importantly, he wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time.

Jimmy’s projects title ‘Before they pass away’ is intended to be a controversial catalyst for further discussion as to the authenticity of these fragile disappearing cultures. Jimmy Nelson is not a studied scientist but rather an self trained ethnologist and visual anthropologist who through curiosity is trying to find answers. He wants to tell stories that leave room for the recipient’s questions. With the project Jimmy Nelson wanted to create an awareness for the fascinating variety of the culture-­‐ and history charged symbols of the people, reflecting their rites, customs and traditions, that had hitherto has not existed.
He asks us, will we as a species sever the fragile umbilical cord to our extraordinary primeval past? Thus potentially finding ourselves alone without a cultural purpose.

Or will we make a different choice.

It is his hope that we can all gather around the digital fireplace of humanity and continue for generations to tell the stories. Of what it means to be alive on a planet that has survived the 21st Century.

Margeret Mead a great social anthropologist once said. Having been born into a polychromatic world of cultural diversity. It is her fear that our grandchildren will awake into a monochromatic world not ever having known anything else.

 

About Jimmy Nelson


Jimmy Nelson (UK, 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 for many of the world leading publications 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 Ashkaine produced Literary Portraits of China, a 40 month project that took 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 successful worldwide tour.

From 1997 onwards, Jimmy began to successfully undertake commercial advertising assignments for many of the world’s leading brands whilst creating a family based in Amsterdam the Netherlands . At the same time he started accumulating images of remote and unique cultures photographed with a traditional 50-­‐year-­‐old plate camera and awards followed.

International exhibitions and acclaim created the subsequent momentum and enthusiasm for the initiation of Before they Pass Away in 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Altantsogts, Bayan Olgii, Mongolia 2011
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Akree, Garo, Locharia & Gobo Korcho Village, Omo Valley Ethiopia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Altanstogts, Bayan Oglii, Mongolia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Dassanech Tribe, Omorate Village, Southern Omo, Ethiopia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Goroka, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea, 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Ansari, Dha Village, Kashmir, India-Pakistan, 2012
by Jimmy Nelson

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Saitoti, Maasai Boy, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Tanzania, 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Bakbergen, Samil & Kamilla, Altantsogts, Bayan Olgii, Mongolia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Bameno Village, Cononaco River, Ecuador, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Barga & Hammarech, Bori Village, Southern Omo, Ethiopia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Bameno Village, Cononaco River, Ecuador, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Tumbu, Hangu, Peter, Hapiya, Kati, Hengene & Steven, Huli Wigmen, Ambua Falls, Tari Valley, Papua New Guinea, 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Letoonde Tarangire, Rift Escarpment Tanzania, 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Mingimar choser Village, Upper Mustang Nepal, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Biniguz, Bodita, Arboshash, Nirjuda, Luvian & Windu, Dassanech Tribe,Omorate Village, Southern Omo, Ethiopia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Bodita, Arboshash & Nirjuda, Dassanech Tribe, Omorate Village, Southern Omo, Ethiopia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Rabari Nobleman, Rathanambore National Park, Aman Bagh, Rajasthan, India, 2012
by Jimmy Nelson

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Christian Alejandro, Alfonso Mario, Requelme, Brazo Sur, Lake Argentino - Cerro Christal on horizon Patagonia, Argentina, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Dele, Lale, Korcho Village, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Eduard Taeragtin, Second Brigade, Chukotka, Russia, 2012
by Jimmy Nelson

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Olaro, Boja, Gasho & Goba, Korcho Village, Omo valley, Ethiopia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Ulaankhus, Bayan Oglii, Mongolia 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Ergalim, Altantsogts, Bayan Oglii, Mongolia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Rauwhiri Winitana Paki, Taupo Village, North Islands, New Zealand, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Eru, Hone Mikaka, Erene Mikaka, Robert, Tani Mikaka, Eru, Te Aroha Mikaka & Sky, Bay of Islands, Haruru falls, North Island, New Zealand, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Promise Taniwha, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Goroka, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea, 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Hilao Moyizo Village, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Keke Kombea, Tande Mala, Lebosi Kupu, Mumburi Mupi, John Kundi, Menaja Koke, Likekaipia Tribe, Ponowi Village, Jalibu Mountains, Western highlands, Papua New Guinea 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Maasai, Manyara Village, Rift Escarpment, Tanzania, 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Maasai, Tarangire, Rift Escarpment, Tanzania, 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Goroka, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea, 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Lelesas, Louelen, Lewangu, Lepokodou, Loingu & Nyerere - Ndoto Mountain Range, Kenya, 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Matutjavi Tjavara, Epupa Falls, Namibia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Menaja Koke, Ponowi Village, Jalibu Mountains, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea, 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Parque National Los Glaciares, Cerro Pietrobelli, Patagonia, Argentina, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Ni Yakal villagers, Mount Yasur, Tanna Island, Vanuatu Islands, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Nyerere, Loingu, Lewangum & Lepokodou, Kaisut Desert, Kenya, 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Nyerere & Lewangu, Kaisut Desert, Kenya, 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Oxana Teyunrultett & Oleasya Etguest, Second Brigade, Chukotka, Russia 2012
by Jimmy Nelson

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Paraque National Los Glaciares, Cerro Pietrobelli, Patagonia, Argentina, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Pema Tenjing, Lo Mangthang Village, Upper Mustang, Nepal, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Dele & Lale, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Perak Lady, Lamayuru Monastery, Lamayaru Village, Ladakh, India, 2012
by Jimmy Nelson

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Samburu Tribesmen, Loisaba, Laikipia District, Kenya, 2010
by Jimmy Nelson

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Tolkhin, Ulaankhus, Bayan Oglii, Mongolia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Mr Sea, Hilao Moyizo Village, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson

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Rock of Rah, Rah lava Island, Torba Province, Vanuatu Islands, 2011
by Jimmy Nelson