A project by Jimmy Nelson, collecting cultures around the world about to pass away. Jimmy Nelson (Sevenoaks, Kent, 1967) started working as a photographer in 1987. After spending 10 year at a boarding school in England he sets off to Tibet. The journey lasted a year and upon his return his unique visual diary, featuring revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet, was published to wide international acclaim.
See the exhibition `LEVE DE MENS´ at the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde in Leiden from April 12 until September 7 2014.
At the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde in Leiden you will get the chance to see breathtaking photos of people who are untouched by the modern world. ‘Hail The People‘ is the first and exclusive exhibition of Jimmy Nelsons project ‘Before They Pass Away’. With this impressive expo Jimmy Nelson gets you thinking about your own life, choices and destination.
A special edition to the exhibition is ‘De Studio’, here the photographer will capture you on film what makes you an element of the presentation.
The purity of humanity exists. It is there in the mountains, the ice fields, the jungle, along the rivers and in the valleys. 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. He adjusted his antenna to the same frequency as theirs. As trust grew, a shared understanding of the mission developed: the world must never forget the way things were.
‘’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."
BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY: XXL Limited version costs €6.500.