Jimmy Nelson (UK, 1967) started working as a photographer in 1987. In 2010 he began his journey to create Before They Pass Away. After visiting 35 chosen Indigenous communities, part one was published to international acclaim at the beginning of 2014. Today Jimmy is still travelling and photographing to produce part two of the project. His communication and his passion are found on a far wider platform.
He is exhibiting at international museums, shows his work at the world’s leading photographic art galleries, speaking at international conferences and is at the moment setting up the Jimmy Nelson Foundation. What drives him is not compassion for poverty or illness, but passion for décor and embellishment. Painted bodies are mirrors of pure souls. Tattooed faces are messages in flesh, worn as a second skin. Above all else, it is his fascination for the rapidly vanishing harmony between man and nature takes us to places we thought had disappeared long ago.