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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: teNeues Verlag GmbH + Co KG; Mul edition (6 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English, French, German
  • ISBN-10: 3832797599
  • ISBN-13: 978-3832797591
  • Product Dimensions: 37.6 x 30.2 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For sheer splendor, the catwalks of New York, Milan and Paris combined can barely touch the eagle hunters of Mongolia. Riding squat ponies through the mountains, these Turkic peoples wear high-domed and winged fur hats, embroidered felt boots and leggings, cloaks of reindeer hide, studded metal belts, fearsome hooded eagles perched on their arms. The fierce elegance of their clothing fully matches that of the stark landscape they inhabit; it also, and not incidentally, testifies to the irrepressible human will to beautify. That conclusion inevitably results from viewing "Before They Pass Away," the British photographer Jimmy Nelson's tombstone-size new volume (teNeues, $150) documenting vanishing tribal cultures around the world. The book results from a project taking years and is less ethnology or anthropology than a document of his romance with otherness. In his strenuous travels with an archaic studio camera, Mr. Nelson visited 35 of the world's least known and most imperiled tribal peoples -- from the Huli and Kalam tribes of New Guinea, to the Tsaatan of Mongolia and the Mursi people inhabiting the highlands of the Omo River valley in remote southern Ethiopia. Guy Trebay, New York Times.com Fashion and Style Section, October 18, 2013

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Jimmy Nelson (born Sevenoaks, Kent, 1967) started working as a photographer in 1987. From 1997 onwards he began to accumulate images of remote and unique cultures photographed with a traditional 50-year-old 10 x 8 plate camera. Many awards followed. When he started to exhibit and sell these images successfully and internationally, this created the subsequent momentum and enthusiasm for the initiation of this project: Before they Pass Away.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Ollie Govett on 28 Sept. 2013
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I read about Jimmy Nelson on the Telegraph website. His new volume of images being released in a book called ' Before they Pass Away' caught my attention. Travel and Portraiture is my passion in photography and Jimmy nelson is one of the best. Bargain price aside, this is an absolute treat. If you love high level wonderful portrait photography, then buy it. If you know someone who appreciates the same - buy it. If you are interested in what our kids may not see in 20 years time, buy it, show it to them in 20 years when they will not be able to go to Kenya and see real tribes living their lives. Become immersed in photographs thats are so sublime, you feel you could reach out and touch the subject. In a lot of ways, this book is so sad. Beautiful, innocent tribes, people, families, children and cultures are being washed away right in front of us. Jimmy has caught our attention with this and not only has the stunning images, but also includes a description of them and a section about teach tribe's history. The book is epic - it's the only word for it. A masterpiece of wondrous photography and detail. Show everyone, treasure it and do something to help raise awareness of the plight of these spectacular people.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paula Edwards on 5 Jan. 2014
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Beautifully written with amazing photographs. My husband loved his Xmas gift. Visitors often browse when they see it on the coffee table.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Rowe on 30 Sept. 2014
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Survival International have attacked this as fictional and misleading, and I have to agree. They're concern was (essentially) that he'd undressed tribeswomen for the shoot because their genuine traditional clothing didn't meet his requirements. In a similar vein, have a look at the pretty Maori girl - while she looks pretty traditional in Jimmy Nelson's book, her facebook page is anything but. Just an ordinary New Zealand girl who's done the icebucket challenge and lives in a big town. But who seems to have modelled for this book. So, take them for what they are - a beautiful fantasy loosely modelled on the author's idea of what remote tribes should be like, accompanied by a lot of misty-eyed fiction. One you think about it, it's pretty tasteless really - dressing local people up and pretending that they're endangered.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By joppie on 19 Nov. 2013
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Beautiful book! Love the pictures, love the story! A must have for everyone! It's a very large and heavy book, nice to keep it on the table and to look at one page a day!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Uzair Khan on 15 Nov. 2013
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It's already an amazing book for its original price but for this discounted offer, you just cant go wrong. For me this book is holy, and I treat it as so. The images are beautiful, the descriptions fascinating, the landscapes grand. The photographer Jimmy Nelson did a service to humanity by preserving the memory of all these people.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Miss J Cheseldine on 27 Oct. 2013
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The quality of the photographs is stunningly good. It is so gratifying that the information they contain is preserved for future generations, as well as informing those of us fortunate enough to see them now.
The only slight gripe is the weight of the book,perhaps it could have been produced in more than one volume
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on 20 Oct. 2013
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This book has the most amazing photos I have ever seen. It's fascinating and beautiful.
Downside is that it is so heavy and therefore not one to look at in bed! Sturdy coffee table required.
Fabulous if you are interested in all the different cultures around the world.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter S. Holden on 18 Oct. 2013
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An amazing photographic depiction of tiny tribes and civilisations we in the Western Hemisphere know little about. Jimmy Nelson covered the unique people in their element. These people trusted his commitment and special manner in which he defined their life long traditions. A rare view of life that will someday disappear from our civilisation unfortunately.
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