James Philip Nelson, professionally known as Jimmy Nelson, is an English photojournalist and photographer. Through his passion for the indigenous cultures of our world he has travelled to the furthest, remotest areas to photograph and record the lives of indigenous tribes.
Nelson recently published his second major project, “Homage to Humanity”, fruit of his visit to 34 different indigenous peoples on five continents.
Nelson took on the task of visiting 34 different indigenous cultures on spanning five continents. Apart from his amazing images, Jimmy Included his travel journals, maps, local facts and personal interviews to this project.
“Before They Pass Away”, Nelson’s first book, has a collection of pictures of 30+ vanishing tribes from all around the globe.
Nelson explores the idea of reconnecting to our roots and humanity and believes indigenous people are connected to a deeper meaning modern people have long since lost.
Nelson’s is planning to release a movie featuring 1500 photos, “all stitched together into one amazing journey across the cradle of human culture.” For more info: jimmynelson.com
Hakamou’i, Ua Pou, Marguesas Islands, French Polynesia
Yang Shuo Cormorants, China
Samburu Tribe, Kenya
Mask Dancers, Paro, Bhutan
Perak Women, Thikse Monastery, Ladakh, India
Vaioa River, Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
Khoyor Tolgoi Hill, Altan Tsogts County Bayan Ulgii Provence, Mongolia
Huli Wigmen, Ambua Falls, Tari Valley, Papua New Guinea
Tarangire, Rift Escarpment, Tanzania
Ni Vanuatu Men Rah Lava Island, Torba Province Vanuatu Islands
Ganges, Haridwar, India
Ndoto Mountain Range, Kenya
Angge Village, Upper Mustang Nepal
Te Aroha Mikaka & Sky Bay Of Islands, Haruru Falls, North Island, New Zealand
Likekaipia Tribe Ponowi Village, Jalibu Mountains, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea
Uramana Clan, Amuioan, Tufi, Papua New Guinea
Miao Village, Liu Pan Shui, Gui Zhou, China
Paro Pass, Bhutan
Mount Bosavi Waterfall, Papua New Guinea
Korcho Village, Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Lake Argentino / Cerro Christal On Horizon Patagonia, Argentina
“If we let the cultural identity of the indigenous people disappear now, it will be lost forever. It’s literally a case of BLINK and they’re gone. And if this happens, we will lose one of the most valuable assets we have – our rich human cultural diversity and heritage. The depth and wealth of our humanity will shrink. This must not happen. Our collective cultural identity is too valuable to be destroyed by homogenization. We must unify and fight to support indigenous cultures and take personal pride in the myriad of their cultural traditions that are still to be found on the planet today.” Jimmy Nelson
To participate and donate, join the Jimmy Nelson Foundation: https://jimmynelsonfoundation.com/