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  • Jimmy Nelson solo show 'Before They Pass Away'  VIII 450 - Ladaru, Lenaitu, Lengaa, Saitoti - Tarangiri, Rift Escarpment - Tanzania, 2010  Archival print  100 x 180 cm  Ed. 3/6
    Jimmy Nelson solo show 'Before They Pass Away'
    VIII 450 - Ladaru, Lenaitu, Lengaa, Saitoti - Tarangiri, Rift Escarpment - Tanzania, 2010
    Archival print
    100 x 180 cm
    Ed. 3/6
  • Jimmy Nelson  VI 466- Altantsogts, Bayan Olgii, Mongolia, 2011  Archival print  140 x 170 cm  Ed. 1/3
    Jimmy Nelson
    VI 466- Altantsogts, Bayan Olgii, Mongolia, 2011
    Archival print
    140 x 170 cm
    Ed. 1/3
  • Jimmy Nelson  VIII 462 - Maasai - Ngorongoro, Serengeti - Tanzania, 2010  Archival print  62 x 74 cm  Ed. 2/9
    Jimmy Nelson
    VIII 462 - Maasai - Ngorongoro, Serengeti - Tanzania, 2010
    Archival print
    62 x 74 cm
    Ed. 2/9
  • Jimmy Nelson  XVII 230 - Nyerere, Loingu, Lewangum, Lepokodu - Kaisut Desert - Kenya, 2010  Archival print  100 x 140 cm  AP 1/1
    Jimmy Nelson
    XVII 230 - Nyerere, Loingu, Lewangum, Lepokodu - Kaisut Desert - Kenya, 2010
    Archival print
    100 x 140 cm
    AP 1/1
  • Jimmy Nelson  China XXII 467, Yangshuo Comorants, 2017  Archival print  62 x 74 cm  Ed. 7/9
    Jimmy Nelson
    China XXII 467, Yangshuo Comorants, 2017
    Archival print
    62 x 74 cm
    Ed. 7/9

Before They Pass Away is not meant to convey a documentary truth. The portraits in the series are Nelson’s own artistic and creative interpretation of the people he has met. He has focused on the beauty he was struck by as an outsider. He wanted to create icons. Beautiful and positive images of strong and proud people. His approach is unquestionably romantic. Nelson hopes his deep admiration for these peoples is reflected in the images.

The title, Before They Pass Away, may give the impression that he pessimistically believes that the fate of these peoples is sealed. This might have been how he initially felt, but since he first published the book in 2014, his continuing relationships with these peoples has changed his mind. Where he used to see peoples under threat of extinction, he now sees pride, strength, vigor, honor and resilience. And it is this ever-growing admiration that provides an unending source of inspiration for Nelson to continue his work.

In this light, the title Before They Pass Away, attains a meaning that is diametrically opposed to fatalism. Instead, it signals a moment of opportunity and a call for action to treasure, preserve and celebrate our shared cultural heritage as humans. Before They Pass Away opens June 14th and continues until August 20th.
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  • In addition to the solo photography exhibition, we are showing powerful sculptures by Andrea Marini

    Andrea Marini
    Sintesi Arboree, 2016
    72 x 75 x 70 cm