JIMMY NELSON began his career as a photographer with a year-long walk across Tibet in 1987, at the age of 20. Since then he has worked in commercial photography and on journalistic assignments, while devoting himself to a series of photographs, collectively known as Before They Pass Away, documenting remote, unique cultures around the globe with a 50-year-old plate camera. The photos, The New York Times said, “testify to the irrepressible human will to beautify.”
The following interview, filmed and conducted by Michael Kurcfeld at Paris Photo, discusses the project.
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