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This historic volume showcases tribal cultures around the world. With globalization, these societies are to be prized for their distinctive lifestyles, art and traditions. They live in close harmony with nature, now a rarity in our modern era. Jimmy Nelson not only presents us with stunning images of customs and artifacts, but also offers insightful portraits of people who ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Te Neues Publishing Company (first published September 15th 2013)
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Akke
Nov 17, 2015 Akke rated it really liked it
incredible photos and stories
Wink
Apr 07, 2014 Wink rated it it was amazing
STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE WORLD’S DISAPPEARING TRIBAL CULTURES

This is a massive book. Oversized pages printed on very heavy stock. It’s one of those proverbial coffee table books that are almost a table themselves. But inside is a remarkable journey. Collected into this single volume are high-fashion portraits of tribal people in their most distinguished, authentic costumes. With great care and respect, photographer Jimmy Nelson captures these proud subjects at their best, for all time. For ma
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Carolyn
Feb 14, 2014 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
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This is the most stunningly gorgeous book of photographs of tribal people I have ever seen. The tribal people are beautifully staged in their native dress and the photos are unsurpassed. This will be a testament for future generations of how many of these people are living and dressing today before they are assimilated into the modern society and dressing in Western clothing, after giving up their traditional way of life and nomadic existence. The book is expensive, but such lavish photos on ...more
Lynn
Mar 17, 2014 Lynn rated it it was amazing
This has to be one of the best collections of photography ever made.

The subject matter, remote and nomadic peoples all around the world, is unlike anything you are ever likely to see.

But this is not a National Geographic type of book. It's enormous, 12x15 inches, printed on heavy paper with no compromises to save cost. It weighs in at 15 or 20 pounds. (I didn't try to weigh it.)

These are not candid photos either. They are mostly posed, which means he had to get the cooperation of remote and in s
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Theresia
Mar 31, 2015 Theresia rated it really liked it
So expensive wtf! Where do these monies go, eh?

Consists of photographs of disappearing people, or in Nelson's word, "tribesmen." Stunning, photography wise. Painful, ethnography wise. Still, I can't help wincing at Nelson's outsider (read: white) gaze. These photographs don't speak for them, but I wish they did--an extra honor for me the reader. Kinda reminds me of Jared Diamond's theory of how geographical factors account to why some civilizations thrive faster and better than others. (Make no
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Nele Fraeyman
May 16, 2016 Nele Fraeyman rated it really liked it
Indrukwekkend boek, prachtige foto's, belangrijk document,...
Waarom geen 5 sterren dan?
Omdat ik toch nog wat verdere uitleg mis. De stammen worden kort voorgesteld, maar ik had graag nog wat meer geweten over wat er op de foto te zien is: welke ceremonie zijn ze aan het doen, wat is de betekenis van al hun opsmuk, waarom staan Afrikaanse stammen daar zo trots te pronken met zwaar geschut?
Ik had ook liever wat meer spontane foto's gezien, een heel deel is geposeerd (wat ergens logisch is als je g
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Laura
Feb 09, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
The quality of the photographs is stunning - easily 5 stars. What I feel a bit ambivalent about is the scanty and seemingly rather romanticized text that accompanies them. I wish some of the individuals he photographed had been allowed to speak for themselves - what might they want us to know about their lives and futures? What aspects of their culture might they consider most important to tell us about? I'd also have loved names rather than anonymous portraits. It felt quite different from ...more
Bridget
Apr 03, 2014 Bridget rated it it was amazing
Stunning. Breath taking. Phenomenal. I am so thankful Jimmy Nelson documented these people groups. The book was cooler than I expected - first, it's oversized so the pictures are more incredible. In addition, there's a one page overview of the people group. Lastly, it's in three language: English, German, and French. I want to buy the photographs to hang up and decorate my house with. Just incredible.
Virpi Virtanen
Apr 21, 2014 Virpi Virtanen rated it really liked it
stunningly beautiful book about vanishing cultures of our planet: not vanishing people but vanishing lifestyles and the stunning photos of Jimmy Nelson in their bit old-fashioned style capture this bit bitter-sweet image perfectly
Kikireads
Apr 11, 2015 Kikireads rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary photos, and while i had mixed feelings about some of the seemingly staged photography i think he has done something very important e.g. Edward Curtis
Kylian Gimberg
Dec 06, 2015 Kylian Gimberg rated it really liked it

Schitterende foto's,mis alleen de persoonlijke verhalen/ inzichten van de geportretteerde individuen.
Krista
Apr 11, 2014 Krista rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous photographs! I just kept staring at the images and it was difficult to turn each page; they were all so mesmerizing.
Hanneke
Dec 06, 2015 Hanneke rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography
Stunning book, with amazing photographs.
Was a bit surprised by the size though, it's so huge that it doesn't fit anywhere nicely..
Elizabeth
A truly gorgeous book that is worth the investment. Makes you dream of other places, other people, and other lives that might have been.
Natalie
Feb 16, 2014 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Beautiful photography offers a view of cultures around the world who still live close to nature. I really enjoyed the stunning photographs and a chance to get a glimpse of these cultures.
Christine D
Jan 07, 2014 Christine D rated it liked it
I could not get this book from my library but the pictures on google images looked fantastic (so I'm basing my rating on that)
George Mcbride
George Mcbride rated it it was amazing
Dec 27, 2013
Amanda
Dec 28, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous photography. I'd loved more written description about the people he profiles.
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