Before They Pass Away
In his landmark book Before They Pass Away Jimmy Nelson captures the customs and traditions of the Indigenous communities who have managed to preserve their heritage within our increasingly globalized world.
With your purchase you support Indigenous communities taking their heritage into the future
With its projects, the Jimmy Nelson Foundation (JNF) is completing the circle Jimmy has started. 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 and educational projects.
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As with all relationships in life, the key to profoundly connecting with someone is trust. The same holds true for the bond between an artist and his or her subject.
On the majority of occasions when I first entered a community, I was unanimously rejected. They were understandably reluctant and afraid of this stranger and I was often met with scepticism towards my intentions. It became customary for me to never enter a community with a camera in sight, and it was normal to wait up to two weeks or more before the first picture was taken. Wherever I went, I would always approach and present a feeling of enormous respect. I deliberately physically positioned myself lower than the people I photographed, showering all with heartfelt compliments. Once the barrier of fear was bridged and a mutual language of awe was developed, a door of reciprocal empathy and understanding opened. As soon as the connections were made, my enthusiasm and passion for aesthetic perfection became infectious. The spirits of everyone involved were elevated to a crescendo, which climaxed in the striving for the perfect picture.
Let the images come alive
To accompany the book download the Jimmy Nelson App. Scanning the image with the app will enable you to step into the world behind the image, through your smartphone. Jimmy himself combined with beautiful video material will guide you through breathtaking footage, but above all uncovers the beauty of day-to-day life from all over the world.
Looking for a beautiful book stand?
To celebrate the launch of Between the Sea and the Sky we made a unique book stand in collaboration with Look a Book.
This new product will enable you to view our book wherever you place it in your room. We are proud to have kept it close to ‘home’ as Look a Book is a small company based in Volendam, one of our proud communities represented in the new book. It goes without saying that it will carry all of our books with elegant dignity.