Years ago, we first laid our eyes on the stunning photographs that Jimmy Nelson published in his book "Before They Pass Away" that gave us a look at over 30 vanishing native tribes from all around the globe. From Mongolian to Indian tribes, Jimmy spent weeks with each group to learn their culture, capture it from his point of view and collect interesting facts.

In 2018, Nelson published his second major project titled "Homage to Humanity." He visited 34 isolated tribes in five continents, revisiting some from his previous journey. While his first book was a collection of pictures, this time the photographer decided to expand and added travel journals, maps, local facts, and personal interviews, shifting the focus of his story from the objects he captures to the journey itself.

"When I was 17, I started a journey, and it's still the journey that I'm on today," Nelson said. "It's about reconnecting and finding myself. I've dressed it and disguised it with photography and tribes and indigenous cultures, but ultimately it's a very personal journey of wanting to feel and survive and be alive."

In his work, Jimmy explores the idea of reconnecting to our roots and our humanity, and he believes that indigenous people play an important role in our perception of ourselves as human beings. That's why he's inviting everyone to join the global discussion on cultural identity. The more you know about the world around you, the easier it is to accept and appreciate it. In a couple of weeks, Jimmy Nelson is planning to release a movie featuring 1500 photographs, "all stitched together into one amazing journey across the cradle of human culture."

More info: jimmynelson.com

#1

Hakamou'i, Ua Pou, Marguesas Islands, French Polynesia

Hakamou'i, Ua Pou, Marguesas Islands, French Polynesia

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Natasha Forchione
Community Member
2 years ago

Dam!! They look fierce!

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#2

Yang Shuo Cormorants, China

Yang Shuo Cormorants, China

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Enuya
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks like scene from some kind of myth or legend. Gloomy river and its guards, peaceful but fierce - if necessary. I love these lanterns - they gives such small amount of light and still it is impressive (I love that most colours here are greyish, that is beautiful). Amazing photo.

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#3

Samburu Tribe, Kenya

Samburu Tribe, Kenya

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Natasha Forchione
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like a Vogue picture!

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#4

Mask Dancers, Paro, Bhutan

Mask Dancers, Paro, Bhutan

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FortnitePlayerGirl
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice masks

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#5

Perak Women, Thikse Monastery, Ladakh, India

Perak Women, Thikse Monastery, Ladakh, India

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MN Free Spirit
Community Member
2 years ago

I want to know whats behind them...are they snow/ice huts? or sculptures? and what are they used for? hopefully google can help me out.

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#6

Vaioa River, Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

Vaioa River, Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

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Sabina Fleschutz
Community Member
2 years ago

All the women are going to really like this one;)

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#7

Khoyor Tolgoi Hill, Altan Tsogts County Bayan Ulgii Provence, Mongolia

Khoyor Tolgoi Hill, Altan Tsogts County Bayan Ulgii Provence, Mongolia

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Helen Cole
Community Member
2 years ago

Are these the Mongolian eagle or falcon guys recently featured on Nova or Nature on PBS?

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#8

Huli Wigmen, Ambua Falls, Tari Valley, Papua New Guinea

Huli Wigmen, Ambua Falls, Tari Valley, Papua New Guinea

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Nervous Chaos
Community Member
2 years ago

Fantastic people and photography.

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#9

Ni Vanuatu Men Rah Lava Island, Torba Province Vanuatu Islands

Ni Vanuatu Men Rah Lava Island, Torba Province Vanuatu Islands

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Rebekah
Community Member
2 years ago

Every single bit of this is completely stunning.

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#10

Tarangire, Rift Escarpment, Tanzania

Tarangire, Rift Escarpment, Tanzania

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Enuya
Community Member
2 years ago

Such bright colours! They contrast with the rest of the photo in a very beautiful way. I like this landscape in the background and how it looks so empty on the right side and everything on the left. Somehow this makes this photo looks even more balanced and beutiful.

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#11

Ganges, Haridwar, India

Ganges, Haridwar, India

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Noodle Nio
Community Member
2 years ago

"No you can't sit with us."

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#12

Ndoto Mountain Range, Kenya

Ndoto Mountain Range, Kenya

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Nervous Chaos
Community Member
2 years ago

This looks like it came straight out of a legend.

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#13

Angge Village, Upper Mustang Nepal

Angge Village, Upper Mustang Nepal

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MBZ MetalsmithArtist
Community Member
2 years ago

Dream world. Just gorgeous. I wish I could see this is person but I know that it's a super long journey that is beyond my scope. I think That's why I appreciate this photo series so much...

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#14

Te Aroha Mikaka & Sky Bay Of Islands, Haruru Falls, North Island, New Zealand

Te Aroha Mikaka & Sky Bay Of Islands, Haruru Falls, North Island, New Zealand

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Mama Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

whoa.. is that guy in the back on the rock holding a rifle?

Anne
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes, but he seems a little out of place too, due to his dress. Like he doesn't belong to the group

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Captain Marvel
Community Member
2 years ago

Gorgeous. To think that once upon a time, all of New Zealand looked and lived like this. Such a strange, mysterious way of being it seems to us settlers.

Kk Hulce
Community Member
2 years ago

He's taking photos like we did when we first began learning of different cultures and unfortunately, colonizing. Almost exactly the same type of photography. They are probably wearing their "Sunday best"

Carril Karr
Community Member
2 years ago

This is a staged picture. Bay of Islands is not isolated. It’s a tourist centre.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Fantastic shot !!!

Marta Puig
Community Member
2 years ago

seems like paradise

BeenElle
Community Member
2 years ago

Remarkable photo, like most from this collection but it seems a bit too staged, like most from this collection, to be a real representation of indigenous tribes as they are today (or when the photos were taken). I mean, people are not walking around dressed like that in their everyday lives.

Gwen BoredPanda
Community Member
2 years ago

People don't walk around in their wedding dresses every day either, but we still photograph it and value it as a representation of something larger.

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NWB
Community Member
2 years ago

Hahaha isolated tribe!? In NZ? Yeah nah bro, no isolated tribes left there!

Maggie C
Community Member
2 years ago

This looks like something out of a movie!

Ana M
Community Member
2 years ago

Awesome photo!!!

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#15

Likekaipia Tribe Ponowi Village, Jalibu Mountains, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea

Likekaipia Tribe Ponowi Village, Jalibu Mountains, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea

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Stale Squid
Community Member
2 years ago

Can I get your makeup artists number? Jeez so cool!

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#16

Uramana Clan, Amuioan, Tufi, Papua New Guinea

Uramana Clan, Amuioan, Tufi, Papua New Guinea

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Maggie Collins
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow! Just Wow!

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#17

Miao Village, Liu Pan Shui, Gui Zhou, China

Miao Village, Liu Pan Shui, Gui Zhou, China

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David Viesta
Community Member
2 years ago

Someone seems to have forgotten their fancy hat.

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#18

Paro Pass, Bhutan

Paro Pass, Bhutan

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Bidyut Maitra
Community Member
2 years ago

This is not paro pass. This is chele la pass situated in the paro-bonday-haa highway.

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#19

Mount Bosavi Waterfall, Papua New Guinea

Mount Bosavi Waterfall, Papua New Guinea

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Excellent shot, so beautiful !!!

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#20

Korcho Village, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Korcho Village, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

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Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

ak47? not very indigenous

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#21

Lake Argentino / Cerro Christal On Horizon Patagonia, Argentina

Lake Argentino / Cerro Christal On Horizon Patagonia, Argentina

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Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
2 years ago

thosa are normal gauchos they aint no tribe why didn they go to the mapuche or other native tribes smh

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