Sunday, August 5, 2018

Before They Pass Away (English, French and German Edition) Multilingual Edition by Jimmy Nelson (teNeues)

This isn't just a great book. It's a deeply important book that feels more like you have a world-class museum in your hands. The pictures, of course, are astounding, but there's something about seeing all of these remote peoples that really impacts you as you look.This historic volume showcases tribal cultures around the world. With globalization, these societies are to be prized for their distinctive lifestyles, art and traditions. They live in close harmony with nature, now a rarity in our modern era. Jimmy Nelson not only presents us with stunning images of customs and artifacts, but also offers insightful portraits of people who are the guardians of a culture that they--and we--hope will be passed on to future generations in all its glory. Nelson's large-plate field camera captures every intricate detail and fine nuance for posterity. What's more, this splendid pageantry is set against a vivid backdrop of some of the world's most pristine landscapes. English/German/French edition.

The book is organized by "tribe", basically: There are a few dozen sections each devoted to one group of people living in Africa, Tibet, Siberia, Bornea, South America etc...At the beginning of each section there's a page-long intro to that people, with sections on their history, beliefs, and how they live day-to-day. And then the images come and you see faces that are identical in some cases to faces that existed many thousands of years ago. But they, and their cultures, are still around today.

The world is changing so quickly that it is astonishing to see all of these different ancient people in one place. And it is all the more amazing when you realize that these are indeed PEOPLE: Humans, who live lives that are almost unimaginable to those of us in post-industrial societies.

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