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Before They Pass Away

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by Jimmy Nelson
     
 

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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

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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 fine nuance for posterity. What's more, this splendid pageantry is set against a vivid backdrop of some of the world's most pristine landscapes. English/German/French edition.

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For sheer splendor, the catwalks of New York, Milan and Paris combined can barely touch the eagle hunters of Mongolia. Riding squat ponies through the mountains, these Turkic peoples wear high-domed and winged fur hats, embroidered felt boots and leggings, cloaks of reindeer hide, studded metal belts, fearsome hooded eagles perched on their arms.

The fierce elegance of their clothing fully matches that of the stark landscape they inhabit; it also, and not incidentally, testifies to the irrepressible human will to beautify.

That conclusion inevitably results from viewing "Before They Pass Away," the British photographer Jimmy Nelson's tombstone-size new volume (teNeues, $150) documenting vanishing tribal cultures around the world. The book results from a project taking years and is less ethnology or anthropology than a document of his romance with otherness.

In his strenuous travels with an archaic studio camera, Mr. Nelson visited 35 of the world's least known and most imperiled tribal peoples -- from the Huli and Kalam tribes of New Guinea, to the Tsaatan of Mongolia and the Mursi people inhabiting the highlands of the Omo River valley in remote southern Ethiopia.

Guy Trebay, New York Times.com Fashion and Style Section, October 18, 2013

The ingenuity of tribal societies shines in "Before They Pass Away"...Nelson brings the expressive personalities further to life with a photographic style derived from Irving Penn and Malik Sidibe, making for a visually rich and fascinating read-and an ideal conversation-starter on any well-curated coffee table.

Fabio Morelli, Elle Décor.com, October 8, 2013

Jimmy Nelson has spent the past three years traveling to some of the most remote places on Earth capturing the lives of indigenous people, from the frigid moutains of Mongolia to the endless sandy deserts of Namibia.

Drama and emotion are crucial to Nelson's photography because he's on a search for beauty.

Lorraine Boissoneault, weather.com, October 1, 2013

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783832797591
Publisher:
teNeues Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
122,972
Product dimensions:
11.90(w) x 14.80(h) x 2.10(d)

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Before They Pass Away 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This large format, heavy (12 lb.)tome gives a beautiful photographic introduction to 20 cultural groups, little-known to most people in the Western world. Information about each of the cultures from northern Asia to New Guinea, west to Africa and South America is summarized with brief descriptions labeled: "Origin", "Traditions", "Beliefs", "Daily Life" and "Diet". The single page information about each cultural group is followed by at least a dozen large-scale, magnificent photos of the people and their environs, including some double-spread panoramic photos. The book is printed on heavy stock and sturdily-bound and represents a significant introduction to little-known peoples on the earth. The book should be of great interest to anthropologists as well as photographers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is simply gorgeous! The photography is amazing, inspiring I want to travel the world and meet these amazing people. Jimmy Nelson captures these tribes in a monumental way like I've never seen. This is a must have for any coffee table and for anyone interested in photography and the beauty of our humanity.