Fleeting Cultures

Midway through a cross-country trek in Tibet, eighteen-year old Jimmy Nelson snapped the first images that would come to define the next 26 years of his life. After witnessing the distinct lifestyles of indigenous Tibetans and other tribal cultures, the photographer made it his mission to seek out and document the last surviving tribes before globalization reaches all corners of the world. Before They Pass Away (published teNeues, $150) shows both a tender care for the world as it is today, as well as a dedication to future generations who may well grow up in a world that no longer counts some of these tribes among its citizens. Here are some of the striking images from his book. 

All images Courtesy of Jimmy Nelson BV and teNeues.

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