20-07-13

Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson

The purity of humanity exists. It is there in the mountains, the ice fields,
the jungle, along the rivers and in the valleys. British photographer Jimmy Nelson found the last tribesmen and observed them. He smiled and drank their mysterious brews before taking out his camera. He shared what real people share: vibrations, invisible but palpable.

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 forces us to see, to understand and to remember. Before they pass away.

















Said Jimmy: "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."

Published by teNeues, this book will be offered in two versions. Apart from a regular € 128 edition there's a XXL limited version (250 copies, signed & numbered). It comes with 3 original signed photo prints (59.4 x 42 cm). Pre-Publication price until September 30, 2013: € 6000 - Afterwards € 6500.