(Himba Women, Namibia: Jimmy Nelson)
Jimmy Nelson wanted 'to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time. A body of work that would be an irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world.' And did he ever!!!
Before They Pass Away, is much more than just a collection of breathtaking photography. It is a beautiful reminder of the sheer wonder of the indigenous miorities and their cultures and lifestyles. Their closeness to nature, community living and the non-existance of concepts like wealth accumulation stand as a stark contrast to how modern capitalism had trapped us into believing we have to live.
I was speechless and in awe as I scrolled through the collection.
Sadly as much as I would like to own it, 6500 euros is just too far out of budget for the next million years.
So do your self a favour and make happy for the eyes and the heart...