Jimmy Nelson


Jimmy Nelson was born in Sevenoaks, Kent in 1967. He is currently based in Amsterdam, while his work takes him all over the globe. Nelson spent five years traveling across Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific visiting 35 indigenous tribes between 2010 and 2013 before publishing the book Before They Pass Away which has become an international success.

Since the beginning of 2016, Jimmy has been on 10 new journeys. This is the start of a new book, which will be published in autumn of 2018. For this second book Jimmy plans to visit another unique 34 indigenous cultures around the globe.

From the Northern reaches of Siberia with the Khanys reindeer herders, to the deep jungles of the Papua New Guinea with the Kaluli. From the Himalayas with the Sharchop in Bhutan to the last hidden outposts of Africa with the Mundari in isolated South Sudan.

Nelson’s work seeks to provoke a discussion and dialogue around the longevity of these rural communities, with many facing the affects of climate change, global industrial expansion and conflicts. 

Before They Pass Away is presented by museums and galleries worldwide, such as Fotografiska in Stockholm, Camerawork in Berlin, and Sotheby’s in London. 

Works from the series are being collected by corporate and private collections. In Norway, corporate collections such as The Statoil Art Collection and Nordic Choice Art and Design has acquired works from Before They Pass Away.

The Before They Pass Away prints are archival prints, mounted on aluminium in wooden frames behind museum glass. Each motif is available in 4 sizes from a limited edition of 19. The prices rise within the edition. All prints are delivered with a stamp of authentication and accompanying certificate. Price range from € 3.750 and upwards depending on size and availability + 5% Art Tax.

Jimmy Nelson - Signed Poster - Yangshuo Cormorants, China 2005

Yangshuo Cormorants, China 2005

Giclee print on 180 g paper printed by Studio Technica 50 x 70 cm - Signed by Jimmy Nelson.

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Jimmy Nelson's artist talk at Litteraturhuset in November 2016.