By Ore Fakorede
After taking a decade to gather momentum for his trip, photographer Jimmy Nelson journeyed from the icy wastes of Siberia to the deserts of Africa, taking what have turned out to be some of the most striking images captured in near-forgotten corners of the world with his simplistic 4×5 camera. “I 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,” Nelson wrote of the purpose that drove him.
The product of Nelson's work is 'Before They Pass Away', an acclaimed photography book which includes these precious photos of the Hamar, Karo, Mursi, Banna, Dassanech and Arbore tribes of Ethiopia's Omo Valley, and the Massai and Samburu tribes of Tanzania and Kenya.