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07 Apr 14,, 01:43
Photographer Jimmy Nelson set out to search for the world’s last indigenous cultures. With the goal to document these rapidly disappearing communities for future generations. A really marvelous project.

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.

There is a pure beauty in their goals and family ties, their belief in gods and nature, and their will to do the right thing in order to be taken care of when their time comes. Whether in Papua New Guinea or in Kazakhstan, in Ethiopia or in Siberia, tribes are the last resorts of natural authenticity.

‘’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.

Elegant and evocative portraits created with a 4x5 camera. The detail that is attained by using such large negatives would provide an extraordinary view into the emotional and spiritual lives of the last indigenous peoples of the world. At the same time, it would glorify their varying and unique cultural creativity with their painted faces, scarified bodies, jewellery, extravagant hairstyles and ritual language."


More here: BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY (http://www.beforethey.com/)

07 Apr 14,, 09:34
Fear not...in India, some places are stuck in time - the middle ages :biggrin:
Document the rest please.

07 Apr 14,, 10:22
Interesting collection. Fascinating to see some of these remnant tribal cultures, even if the photography is a bit contrived. Would love to have seen some stuff in Australia. There are tribal people here who have barely ever seen a white person & live a life little changed from that of their ancestors.

I'm hoping to visit the Omo valley next time I get to Ethiopia. The commentary reminds me of a story my friend told me about travelling in Ethiopia. He is a white Aussie. he & some Ethiopians were travelling near some of the lakes in southern part of Ethiopia's portion of the Rift Valley. My mate wanted to get out & have a look at the lake, his friends refused, saying it wasn't safe. He walked down to the lake shore alone. He looked out on the lake for a few minutes, and when he turned around he was surrounded by guys in tribal clothing holding spears. He hadn't heard a thing. They looked at each other for a moment, then he reached into his pocket & gave them some money. They took it & walked away. His friends back in the car nearly shat themselves when he told them.

sated buddha
07 Apr 14,, 13:40
Fear not...in India, some places are stuck in time - the middle ages :biggrin:
Document the rest please.

I agree. I guess eventually they'll all have TV and a cell phone, and wear a pant and shirt (or at least a shirt/T), but the lifestyle ootherwise is pretty much untouched. And some of this is pretty close to major urban pockets as well depending on the part of India you are looking at.

We're also big on skin art and chunky jewellery and color.