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Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson

Photographer and world traveller
Languages : Dutch, English

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Jimmy Nelson started his unique career in photography after a trip through Tibet, where he spent a year walking alone through this country. Revealing images of the before inaccessable Tibet were made public to the world on his return and showed it's open beauty. 

His keynotes consist of beautiful photographs, spectaculair stories and a strong message that can be specified to sustainability, journalism, communication or motivation. Even though the photograph is Jimmy Nelsons medium, he knows listening to the stories of others is of great importance.

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Jimmy Nelson started his unique career in photography after a trip through Tibet, where he spent a year walking alone through this country. Revealing images of the before inaccessable Tibet were made public to the world on his return and showed it's open beauty.

Jimmy has always tried to hold on to this trend. He has made pressing pictures of Russian involvement in Afghanistan, photographed the strife between India and Pakistan and completed a project together with his wife that took him to all the corners of the Peoples Republic of China.

These experiences culminated in his latest project: Before they pass away. A world renowned project where Jimmy photographed civilisations on the brink of dissapearance. A picture says more than a thousand words, but Jimmy Nelsons pictures capture whole societies who were never seen before.

His keynotes consist of beautiful photographs, spectaculair stories and a strong message that can be specified to sustainability, journalism, communication or motivation. Even though the photograph is Jimmy Nelsons medium, he knows listening to the stories of others is of great importance.

BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY - THE PROJECT
Between 2010 & 2013 Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to document some of the most fantastic indigenous cultures left on the planet today. He had come to realize that from a life spent travelling that his camera was the perfect tool for making contact and building intimate and unique friendships. Relationships with hither to unknown and understood communities in some of the farther most reaches of the planet. He wanted to discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever. But most importantly, he wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time.

Jimmy’s projects title ‘Before they pass away’ is intended to be a controversial catalyst for further discussion as to the authenticity of these fragile disappearing cultures. Jimmy Nelson is not a studied scientist but rather an self trained and visual anthropologist who through curiosity is trying to find answers. He wants to tell stories that leave room for the recipient’s questions. With the project Jimmy Nelson tried next to creating a photographic document, creating an awareness for the fascinating variety of the culture- and history charged symbols of the people, reflecting their rites, customs and traditions, that had hitherto has not existed.

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Before they pass away

ISBN: 3832797599
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The "Art" of Communication | Jimmy Nelson | TEDxInstitutLeRosey
Before they pass away: Jimmy Nelson at TEDxAmsterdam
Before they pass away: Jimmy Nelson at TEDxAmsterdam