Ancient Cultures in Contemporary Times

23 Apr 2015 Written by

Photographer Jimmy Nelson began his career after spending 10 years at a Jesuit boarding school in the North of England. Once out of school, he set off on his own to traverse the length of Tibet on foot.

The journey lasted a year and upon his return his unique visual diary, featuring revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet, was published to wide international acclaim.

Nelson never stopped ambitiously capturing cultural themes across the globe. From Russian involvement in Afghanistan to the ongoing strife between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, his tenacity towards understanding or attempting to understand complex relationships and ways of living around the world makes his work remarkably unique.


Nelson’s latest project titled “BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY” acts as a controversial catalyst for further discussions about the perennity of these ancient cultures in our contemporary times.
Beyond his position as a witness, Jimmy Nelson ultimately intended his project to be an ambitious aesthetic photographic record that would stand the test of time. It forces us to see, to understand and to remember ancient cultures before they no longer exist.



“BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY” open on June 26 at Pop Up OPIOM Gallery in Saint Tropez.