One of the most stunningly beautiful and profound photography projects to emerge in the last few years was the very ambitious project “Before They Pass Away” by England born photographer, Jimmy Nelson. “’In 2009, I planned to become a guest of 31 secluded and visually unique tribes. I wanted to witness their time-honoured traditions, join in their rituals and discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever. Most importantly, 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.” Shot with a 4 x5 camera, “Before they Pass Away” has since been published into a book and Nelson was been invited to speak at TED which you can view above.
Check out Nelson's extensive body of work here