Capturing Images Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson talks about photographing tribal cultures around the world, societies he feels should be prized for their distinctive lifestyles, art and traditions. His book Before They Pass Away includes images of customs and artifacts, and portraits of people who are the guardians of a culture that they hope will be passed on to future generations.

Jimmy Nelson in Papua New Guinea.
Jimmy Nelson in Papua New Guinea.

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Jimmy Nelson. Chukchi, from Russia. Oxana Teyunrultett & Olesya Etguet, Second Brigade. Chukotka. 2012.
Jimmy Nelson. Chukchi, from Russia. Oxana Teyunrultett & Olesya Etguet, Second Brigade. Chukotka. 2012.

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Jimmy Nelson. Papua New Guinea. Garoka, Eastern Highlands. 2010
Jimmy Nelson. Papua New Guinea. Garoka, Eastern Highlands. 2010

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Jimmy Nelson. Himba, from Namibia. Hartman Valley, Cafema. 2005.
Jimmy Nelson. Himba, from Namibia. Hartman Valley, Cafema. 2005.

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Jimmy Nelson. Drokpa, from India/Pakistan. Ansari. Dha Village, Kashmir. February 2012.
Jimmy Nelson. Drokpa, from India/Pakistan. Ansari. Dha Village, Kashmir. February 2012.

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Jimmy Nelson. Kazaks,from Mongolia. Idrish, Khairatkhan, Nurkairath & Bashakhkan. Ulaankhus, Baglan Oglii. March 2011.
Jimmy Nelson. Kazaks,from Mongolia. Idrish, Khairatkhan, Nurkairath & Bashakhkan. Ulaankhus, Baglan Oglii. March 2011.

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Jimmy Nelson. Masaai, Tanzania. Sarbore. Serengeti. November 2010.
Jimmy Nelson. Masaai, Tanzania. Sarbore. Serengeti. November 2010.

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Jimmy Nelson. Mursi, from Ethiopia. Mr. Sea. Hilao Moyizo Village, Omo Valley. July 2011.
Jimmy Nelson. Mursi, from Ethiopia. Mr. Sea. Hilao Moyizo Village, Omo Valley. July 2011.

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Jimmy Nelson. Nenets, from Siberia. Yakim, Brigade 2, Nenet. Yamal Peninsula, Ural Mountains. March 2011.
Jimmy Nelson. Nenets, from Siberia. Yakim, Brigade 2, Nenet. Yamal Peninsula, Ural Mountains. March 2011.

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Jimmy Nelson. Samburu, from Kenya. Nyere, Lamulen & Loingu. Milgis. December 2010.
Jimmy Nelson. Samburu, from Kenya. Nyere, Lamulen & Loingu. Milgis. December 2010.

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Jimmy Nelson. Vanatu, from Vanatu Islands. Rock of Rah. Rah Lava Island, Torba Province. September 2011.
Jimmy Nelson. Vanatu, from Vanatu Islands. Rock of Rah. Rah Lava Island, Torba Province. September 2011.

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