Jimmy Nelson devotes his life to portray Indigenous cultures across the world before their cultures and crucial knowledge are lost forever. Within Homage to Humanity, Jimmy visits over 25 communities and returns to three communities featured in his first book Before They Pass Away. He works with attention to detail, setting the stage with meticulous care. It is all about perfection - a measured balance of shapes, colours, and, most of all, light. Jimmy only uses natural light, which demands a lot of time. It means that he can be working on one image for several hours, or days, before he reaches what he's after - the magic, enchanting atmosphere that the right light brings.
Look at these people, look at their beauty, look at their power. Once that is achieved we can reflect on who we have become at the same time. - Jimmy Nelson
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JIMMY NELSON FOUNDATION
The Jimmy Nelson Foundation is founded with the mission to safeguard the world's last Indigenous cultures and share their valuable wisdom with the world. As cultures are rapidly changing through time, and the world's cultural diversity is at risk, now is the moment to act. The JNF supports Indigenous communities in preserving and passing on their traditional heritage and knowledge by investing in reciprocity projects for the communities Jimmy visited, for now and generations to come. Cult-ED is the foundation's free education program, which you can easily download from their website.
ARTIST STATEMENT - Jimmy Nelson
"I strongly believe that artists must always be part of a conversation, and share provocative ideas. My idea is that of aesthetic and empowerment for a better world. I hope that with my work, remote, indigenous people (in many cases without a global perspective) get a better sense of their uniqueness and importance in the world we all live in, which will support them to be more resilient to the pressures around them.
This personal artistic documentation is a way of re-igniting the fire and pride within and for indigenous people, of creating mutual respect for all people, and of empowering future generations all over the world to illuminate their cultural heritage.
I hope this book will be a catalyst for a meaningful discussion about all our futures." - Jimmy Nelson