Before They Pass Away Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson

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Author: Jimmy Nelson
Sku: 79759-int
ISBN: 978-3-8327-9759-1
EAN: 9783832797591
Format: 29 x 37 cm
424 pp, 402 color photographs
Hardcover with jacket
Text: German, English and French
Weight: 5,4 kg

This tribute to vibrant tribal cultures around the world is a must-have for any lover of documentary photography

Will resonate with readers on aesthetic, intellectual, and emotional levels—and be a keepsake for future generations

The international bestseller now available in a smaller format as an inexpensive hardcover edition


Exhibition at CROSSOVER SHOWROOM, Hamburg: November 10, 2017 - February 28, 2018

Exhibition at MUCA - Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art, Munich: November 22, 2017- March 4, 2018

Exhibition at Willas Contemporary Gallery, Oslo: November 24, 2017 - January 7, 2018


Also available as Collector's Edition - Limited Edition of 1000 copies. Hardcover with jacket, slipcase and portfolio with one of two valuable signed and numbered photoprints. € 2000 - Pre publication price until December 31, 2015: € 1750

Also available as Collector's Edition XXL - Limited Edition of 500 signed and numbered copies, clamshell box (46 x 63 cm), and three signed photoprints (59.4 x 42 cm) and a custom-made transparent book holder. € 6500 $ 8500 £ 5500  

Before They Pass Away
German Photo Book Award 2014 in GOLD

Special Book Award for Before They Pass Away by the management of ITB Berlin

A unique visual experience

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. This book reveals the wide variety of human experiences and cultural expressions across the ages— and we’re delighted to have it among our fall offerings.

This historic volume showcases tribal cultures around the world. With globalization, these societies are to be prized for their distinctive lifestyles, art and traditions. They live in close harmony with nature, now a rarity in our modern era. 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. Nelson’s large-plate field camera captures every intricate detail and fi ne nuance for posterity. What’s more, this splendid pageantry is set against a vivid backdrop of some of the world’s most pristine landscapes.

© Jimmy Nelson Pictures B.V. 2016

Before They Pass Away