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Pictures of last indigenous people by  Jimmy Nelson

“Whilst making pictures of the worlds last indigenous people, for many years I was only busy with the superficial aesthetic of their ritualistic customs and dress.

Perhaps a romantic and idealistic way to preserve their cultures past.
Although, maybe the real search was one of a more deeper personal questioning, curiosity and loneliness as to my own identity and that of human beings in general.

Now, having started on part 2 of my worldwide search for the iconic indigenous cultures and rituals of the world, it is for the fist time in my life of 48 years, (thanks to the Mundari in South Sudan) that I truly feel I am beginning to address this question.

The Mundari, forgotten and hidden for years behind a curtain of war and poverty.

Yet in their own accidental isolation they represent the antithesis of human harmony. A true equity of dignity, proportion, grace and pride.

All of which I had to privilege to live, share breath and ultimately photograph.

The real journey has begun…….

Keep watching to see the pictures and the 360 films we made, the foundation we are about to launch and find out about some of the answers I found.”

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Jimmy Nelson's photo.
Jimmy Nelson's photo.

Jimmy Nelson. April 28 at 6:25pm ·

One last pose, one last breath, one last sunset as the dust settles over the ‪#‎Mundari‬ of ‪#‎SouthSudan‬.

The eyes, the touch and the laughter seal the day. ‪#‎Mundari‬ ‪#‎Southsudan‬

Jimmy Nelson's photo.

World’s Remotest Tribes Before They Pass Away: Portraits

Living in a concrete box with hot water pouring from the tap, a refrigerator cooling our food and wi-fi connecting us to the rest of the world, we can barely imagine a day in a life of Tsaatan people.

They move 5 to 10 times per year, building huts when the temperature is -40 and herding reindeer for transportation, clothing and food. “Before They Pass Away,” a long-term project by photographer Jimmy Nelson, gives us the unique opportunity to discover more than 30 secluded and slowly vanishing tribes from all over the world.

Spending 2 weeks in each tribe, Jimmy became acquainted with their time-honoured traditions, joined their rituals and captured it all in a very appealing way. His detailed photographs showcase unique jewelry, hairstyles and clothing, not to forget the surroundings and cultural elements most important to each tribe, like horses for Gauchos.

According to Nelson, his mission was to assure that the world never forgets how things used to be: 

“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.”

All of his snapshots now lie in a massive book and will be extended by a film (you can see a short introduction video below). So embark on a journey to the most remote corners and meet the witnesses of a disappearing world. Would you give up your smartphone, internet and TV to live free like them?


Kazakh, Mongolia

Himba, Namibia

Huli, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Asaro, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Kalam, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Goroka, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Chukchi, Russia

Maori, New Zealand

Gauchos, Argentina

Tsaatan, Mongolia

Samburu, Kenya

Rabari, India

Mursi, Ethiopia

Ladakhi, India

Vanuatu, Vanuatu Islands

Drokpa, India

Dassanech, Ethiopia

Karo, Ethiopia

Banna, Ethiopia

Dani, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Maasai, Tanzania

Nenets, Russia




August 2022

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