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Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson is a British photojournalist and photographer who has traveled the world during his three-decade career creating ethnographic portraits of indigenous peoples whose survival is increasingly threatened.

He began as a photographer in 1987 after a year-long journey on foot through Tibet. The images he captured formed a compelling visual diary that revealed the cultural complexity of a hitherto inaccessible country, and received widespread international recognition and acclaim.

In 2009, he began work on his largest project to date, Before they Pass Away. For three years, he traveled across Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the South Pacific, photographing more than 35 indigenous groups with a 50-year-old 4×5 camera. This body of work received critical acclaim and was later published in his debut monograph of the same name.

Over the years, Nelson's groundbreaking images have appeared in National Geographic, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, BBC News, The Independent and The Guardian, among others. His work has been exhibited in a number of international museums and the world's leading galleries for photographic art.

After Before They Pass Away, Jimmy Nelson released the impressive coffee-table books Homage To Humanity and Between The Sea and The Sky.

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