Jimmy Nelson

Before they pass away

The haunting young Maori face of pride, passion and pain.

The haunting young Maori face of pride, passion and pain.

Photographer Jimmy Nelson set out to search for the world’s last indigenous cultures. With the goal to document these rapidly disappearing communities for future generations. Before They Pass Away. – 
“My language is my #awakening, my language is the window to my soul”

“My language is my #awakening, my language is the window to my soul”

On the Facebook page we will give you an extraordinary view into the emotional and spiritual lives of the last indigenous peoples of the world with previews of the evocative portraits created with Jimmy’s 4×5 camera, share stories of Jimmy’s experiences during his stay with the tribes and update you on exhibitions and events of Before They Pass Away. Please like us and share with us your opinions and thoughts, and pass on the beauty Jimmy Nelson captured.

Before They Pass Away.  – is Jimmy Nelson’s unique global artistic documentation of the worlds last and most beautiful tribes and cultures. A selection of over 500 images are featured in a luxurious special XXL size book, a trade edition, art prints and a soon to be released DVD.

For more info and inquiries about the book, please check  .beforethey.com/book

While the arrival of Europeans had a profound impact on the Maori way of life, many aspects of traditional society have survived into the 21st century. The Maori participate fully in all spheres of New Zealand culture and society, leading largely Western lifestyles while also maintaining their own cultural and social customs.

While the arrival of Europeans had a profound impact on the Maori way of life, many aspects of traditional society have survived into the 21st century. The Maori participate fully in all spheres of New Zealand culture and society, leading largely Western lifestyles while also maintaining their own cultural and social customs.

Jimmy 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. Read all about Jimmy Nelson in the biography on .beforethey.com

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