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Before They Pass Away

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  37 reviews
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, 423 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by teNeues (first published September 15th 2013)
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Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome photos ... minimal text
Kazakhs - page 9-33 (My favorite pictures - hunting with golden eagles, riding ponies, in incredible landscape.)
Himba - page 35-49
Huli, Asaro & Kalam - page 50-74
Chukchi - page 75-97 (Another section to re-view before returning book to library.)
Maori - page 99-111
Mustang - page 113-131 (Re-see these, too)
Gauchos - page 133-153 (Like Maori chapter, a weak section)
Tsaatan - page 155-169
Mursi - page 171-187 (Traditional ceremonial dress and paint, along with mod
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The most amazing photographs --- a modern day Edward Curtis, preserving images of vanishing peoples.
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
incredible photos and stories
Vincent Boon
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book. I wish there were captions about each image though.
Robbie Whelan
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful photos, erg descriptions of tribes I'd never heard of before. Recommended if you find it in an AirBnB on a lake in Mexico and you get sort of bored.
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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
Feb 12, 2014 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 hig ...more
Mar 08, 2014 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
Feb 23, 2015 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
Nov 07, 2013 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 Pete ...more
Jan 27, 2014 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 12, 2014 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
Jan 29, 2014 marked it as to-read
Christine D
Dec 13, 2013 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)
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Aug 18, 2014 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..
Feb 16, 2014 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.
Yorick Groen
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: coffeetable
Amazing book. Visited the exposition in Stockholm. Cannot wait until next series comes out.
A truly gorgeous book that is worth the investment. Makes you dream of other places, other people, and other lives that might have been.
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous photography. I'd loved more written description about the people he profiles.
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely beautiful.
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The most amazing photos I've ever seen!
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incredible stories, stunning photos!
Apr 08, 2015 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
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humanity
Words can't capture the humanity of this book! LOVE!
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great pictures, never seen anything like this.
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Photo plates mostly black & white concerning vanishing ethnographies, very enjoyable.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating book to look into again and again ...
Peter Edwards
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book of photos, I've read it and re-read it. Always makes me think.
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