Amazing Portraits of Disappearing World Tribes
Photographer Jimmy Nelson has spent years traveling the globe in a quest to document the world’s most fantastic indigenous cultures before they and their way of life disappear. He is a British photojournalist and photographer known for his portraits of tribal and indigenous peoples.
His goal was to capture portraits of the disappearing people groups and to preserve glimpses of their rites, customs, and traditions — photos that he hopes will remain even if these cultures fade away.
In this 17-minute TED talk (click here), Nelson shares some of his best large format portraits and some fascinating things that he has learned along the way.
The project was initially funded by Dutch billionaire Marcel Boekhoorn, who contributed €400,000 toward the work.
Over the course of the project, Nelson traveled to more than 35 different tribes found in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and the South Pacific.
After making contact and establishing friendships with the members, Nelson would ask them to pose for portraits shot using his 50-year-old 4×5-inch large-format camera.