Dangerous Minds has posted a stunning series of photographs documenting disappearing tribes and indigenous peoples from the book Before They Pass Away. Photographer Jimmy Nelson spent nearly three years tracking down the 35 plus tribes he captured in these achingly gorgeous images. His aim, he says, was to capture portraits of the disappearing people groups and to preserve glimpses of their rites, customs, and traditions.
Nelson explains his work:
“There is no sociology, no statistics. It’s how I see the world. I am aiming to document the variety and importance of what is left of indigenous culture. Yes, it’s idealistic. Indigenous peoples are usually portrayed as impoverished. But they have a wealth and a pride. It’s not only about material possessions. I shoot from a very personal, aesthetic point of view. Different people can interpret what they like.”
The results are absolutely breathtaking. Haunting. Heartbreaking. A world so far removed our own, it’s hard to believe it still exits.