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Stunning Tribe Photography by Jimmy Nelson

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Jimmy Nelson ventured through lush mountains, dense forests, wide rivers and deep valleys with one goal in mind – to observe and photograph the forgotten tribesman. He met and stayed with various tribes including the Kazakh, Maori, Ladakhi, Nenet and Yali tribes. The result is Before They – a stunning collection of portraits depicting the way these tribes live and commune, all set against beautiful and untarnished nature.

The Kazakh Tribe

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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. – Before They

The Chukchi Tribe

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‘’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.” – Jimmy Nelson, Before They

The Rabari

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Can’t get enough of gorgeous photographs? Meet the other tribes or choose to buy the book!

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