Before They Pass Away: A tribute to vibrant tribal cultures around the world

10/22/2013 04:33 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

In his landmark project Before They Pass Away Jimmy Nelson captures the lives and traditions of the last surviving tribes who have managed to preserve their traditional ways and customs within our increasingly globalized world. The British photographer's epic portraits present these dignified inheritors of noble and age-old traditions in a proud spirit and in all their glory-a unique visual experience. This exquisitely photographed showcase for world tribal culture is not only a joy to look at, but also an important historical record.

Published by teNeues, this book showcases tribal cultures around the world. Jimmy Nelson not only presents us with stunning images of customs and artifacts, but also offers insightful portraits of people who are the guardians of a culture that they-and we-hope will be passed on to future generations in all its glory.

This historic volume is a must-have for any lover of documentary photography.

Before They Pass Away 
by
Jimmy Nelson
Huli Wigmen
Indonesia + Papua New Guinea
Copyright © Jimmy Nelson
Kazakh
Mongolia
© Jimmy Nelson
Kui East Wigmen
Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
© Jimmy Nelson
Ladakhi
India
© Jimmy Nelson
Samburu Tribesmen
Kenya + Tanzania
© Jimmy Nelson
Courtesy of the artist and teNeues
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