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Jimmy Nelson

Speaker Jimmy Nelson
  • Initiated the Jimmy Nelson Foundation to celebrate the world's polychromatic culture
  • Recent exhibitions at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in NYC, Atlas Gallery in London, Paris Photo, MUCA in Munich and Willas Contemporary in Oslo
  • Published the book Before They Pass Away after visiting 35 indigenous communities (2013)

Since 2016, Jimmy’s been busy documenting another 34 remote tribes for Before They // Part II, which will be published in autumn 2018.

The vanishing cultures chronicler

Jimmy Nelson has spent years on the road, hauling his tried-and-true, 50-year-old plate camera into the world's hidden corners and shedding light on vanishing tribes and indigenous cultures. The British-born, Amsterdam-based photographer began his career as a reportage-style photographer in Afghanistan, Kashmir and the former Yugoslavia following a year walking through Tibet, meeting people and observing their way of living. After a worldwide tour for his large-format book Literary Portraits of China, created with images culled from over 40 months travelling through China, he entered the world of commercial photography, including advertising work for leading brands. Yet Jimmy never stopped exploring remote locations, merging his idealistic, romantic aesthetics into Before They Pass Away. It’s an extensive and ongoing project iconizing and honouring indigenous communities, with exhibitions of the project's work in galleries and museums throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the United States.
“Photography's extraordinarily powerful. It's this language which we now all understand.”
Jimmy at TEDGlobal Brazil
  • Initiated the Jimmy Nelson Foundation to celebrate the world's polychromatic culture
  • Recent exhibitions at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in NYC, Atlas Gallery in London, Paris Photo, MUCA in Munich and Willas Contemporary in Oslo
  • Published the book Before They Pass Away after visiting 35 indigenous communities (2013)

Since 2016, Jimmy’s been busy documenting another 34 remote tribes for Before They // Part II, which will be published in autumn 2018.