1. British photographer Jimmy Nelson’s long-term project “Before They Pass Away” is a tribute to vibrant tribal cultures around the world.
Traveling across 20 countries during the last six years, he photographed over 40 indigenous tribes from countries including Siberia, Namibia, China, Peru, Sudan and Argentina.
Pictured: Hakahau, Ua Pu, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, 2016
2. Nelson was born in 1967 in Sevenoaks, Kent, U.K. A professional photographer for over 30 years he has covered assignments ranging from the Russian involvement in Afghanistan to commercial and advertising photography.
Already an ardent traveller, in 1994 he was commissioned to produce a coffee table book on the indigenous cultures of china. From there his fascination with documenting remote and unique cultures all over the world was born.
Pictured: Nelson is seen at work in Ua Pu, French Polynesia
3. The photographs represents Nelson's artistic and creative interpretation of the communities and tribes. He depicts the people in their traditional attire, either against dramatic natural backdrops or as part-interior portraits.
Pictured: Vaioa River, Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, 2016
4. Since the beginning of 2016 Nelson has continued his journey, covering seven countries so far. This time he is not only exploring the communities through photos but is also filming and interviewing the people he collaborates with.
Ultimately, he aims to document another 35 groups.
Pictured: Basha Miao Village, Congjiang, Qiandongnan, Guizhou, China, 2016
5. To celebrate the latest chapter in the project London's Atlas Gallery will display more than 30 of Nelson's new works from Feb. 24 until April 8, 2017.
“Before They Part II” will be an in-depth catalyst to understanding the lasting values and significance of these precious cultures. Nelson plans to release a new book in the autumn of 2018.
Pictured: The Wodaabe tribe during the Gerewol festival in Chad, 2016
6. Discover more amazing images from Nelson's first voyages collected for the print edition of 'Before They Pass Away.'
Pictured: Mustang, formerly known an Kingdom of Lo, in Nepal.