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Capturing Images Before They Pass Away

Monday, November 18, 2013

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Comments [4]

Roy Zornow from East Village

Interesting, compassionate guest, but his photos are all formalized and posed, which makes me feel like I am looking at specimens under glass. Very much an "I and it" visual relationship rather than "I and thou". Check out the spontaneity in the photo at the top of this page, versus the images on his website.

His argument for romanticizing the tribes is that he is "giving the people what they want". Isn't this the attitude that is causing the destruction of these people (habitat destruction, McDonald's, etc?). I find myself tuning out these slick images. Leni Riefenstahl's photos of the Sudanese look positively gritty in comparision.

Nov. 18 2013 04:24 PM
Amy from Manhattan

"...what we're going to lose."

With all due respect (because I can hear Mr. Nelson's respect for the people he photographs), they are the ones who will bear that loss, far more than the rest of the world ("we") will. Maybe he didn't mean it that way, but that's how it sounded. And I hope the book can help make a difference.

Nov. 18 2013 12:58 PM
genejoke from Brooklyn

Fascinating. Great guest.

Nov. 18 2013 12:54 PM
Tommy from Elmhurst, NY

The story about making the Kazak mountain morning shot was sweet and touching.

Nov. 18 2013 12:50 PM

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