I applaud Jimmy Nelson for doing what we so unknowingly but desperately needed. Nelson has ventured around the world gathering not only a beautiful document but the unique expression of tribes. While I stand behind Jimmy Nelson’s intent, that has not stopped a wave of criticism. Nelson’s documentation is quite like any of our own travel adventures. You document what you see to again and how you want to remember it. While many portraits are staged to reflect the more idealistic state of each tribe, many of our own life experiences are shared in the same manner. If you think of your last Instagram photo, whether it be of you or a city shot, you chose your favorite photo to share with others just like Nelson has. Nelson has proven himself to be an explorer and a talented photographer. If you’re seeking an unadulterated documentation, without artistic impression, or if you think you’re up for that curative challenge, there is still room for it to be done; it’s not as easy as you think. This will not stop us from grabbing “Before They Pass” for ourselves. The images are striking, the people are diverse, and the explanations are respectful and celebratory. What a movement!
What do you think? Do you support “Before They Pass”?