Before They Pass Away


In his landmark project Before They Pass Away, Jimmy Nelson captured the lives, customs, and spectacular dress of the world’s last surviving tribes. And he did so in their native lands, from the icy wilds of the Canadian north to the desert plains of Africa to the lush jungles of New Guinea.

Spending two weeks with 30 indigenous tribes, the British photographer immersed himself in their traditions and rituals in order to faithfully immortalize the unique jewelry, hairstyles, clothing, and artifacts that existed before colonization and globalization.

Nelson’s portraits present these inheritors of noble cultures in all their dignified pageantry — an exquisite showcase of human experience and a historical ethnographic record.–august-06-2016-1959

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