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7 Lessons Learnt From Photography By British Photographer Jimmy Nelson

Photographer Jimmy Nelson shares 7 lessons he's learnt during his 31 years capturing images of people and places, particularly tribes and indigenous peoples.

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British photographer Jimmy Nelson has spent the last 31 years traveling the world, photographing and documenting indigenous peoples and tribes, some of which are slowly disappearing, to try and make them into icons.

In the above video, shared by COOPH, Jimmy shares some of his most intimate and fascinating life lessons from the people he’s learned along the way. The images shown in this video are from "Before They Pass Away," Nelson's long-term project that showcases more than 30 tribes from around the world and the 7 lessons focused on in the video are: Humour, Knowledge, Vulnerability, Pride, Judgment, Respect and Reflection.

Enjoy the video (please note there is a little nudity in it) and visit Jimmy Nelson's website for more information on his project. 

Here's a selection of Jimmy Nelson's images: 


7 Lessons Learnt From Photography By British Photographer Jimmy Nelson: OMO Valley Tribe

© Jimmy Nelson


7 Lessons Learnt From Photography By British Photographer Jimmy Nelson: The Kazakhs

© Jimmy Nelson


7 Lessons Learnt From Photography By British Photographer Jimmy Nelson: Papua New Guineans

© Jimmy Nelson


7 Lessons Learnt From Photography By British Photographer Jimmy Nelson: Papua New Guinea Tribe

© Jimmy Nelson


7 Lessons Learnt From Photography By British Photographer Jimmy Nelson: The Samburu people

© Jimmy Nelson


About Before They Pass Away
Jimmy’s ambition and mission is to make an iconic document of indigenous cultures and to leave a visual heritage for present and future generations. He wants to create an aesthetic photographic and film document that will stand the test of time. His work will be a catalyst for further discussion as to the authenticity and beauty of these fragile disappearing cultures.

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4k78l 7 278 1 New Caledonia
9 Aug 2016 11:01AM
I'm so glad to see a photographer that has really understood what it is all about, and know how to express that message. There's too much focus on the camera itself, when the most important part is yourself. The camera and gear is so easy to understand when you know who you are and what you want to do. That's why my opinion is that we need to teach new members of this passion that the camera and gear and all the tech stuff is the last thing we approach. You won't understand a thing from your pictures if you do not know what you want to achieve before you press down the shutter button. Life is not a race and thus photography is not a race either. It's not the amount of pictures that matter, it's the amount of time spent before each picture that matter. Nothing is right or wrong, just follow the curiosity of your inner child and learn from your failures.
I know what I could achieve with more expensive gear, locations and what not, but I don't have that right now so I do not worry about it. Don't sell yourself short, because the best and most valuable camera you were born with as any so called pro photographers as well - your eyes. I have many projects I want to put to life, but there is a time and place for everything so I cherish the hope. Right now I have a camera on my "smart"phone so that is my best dumb tool I got, so I chose to be smart with it.
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