Jan 17, 2014

Stunning Portraits Of The World’s Remotest Tribes Before They Pass Away (46 pics)

By on Friday, January 17, 2014

Living in a concrete box with hot water pouring from the tap, a refrigerator cooling our food and wi-fi connecting us to the rest of the world, we can barely imagine a day in a life of, say, Tsaatan people. They move 5 to 10 times per year, building huts when the temperature is -40 and herding reindeer for transportation, clothing and food. “Before They Pass Away,” a long-term project by photographer Jimmy Nelson, gives us the unique opportunity to discover more than 30 secluded and slowly vanishing tribes from all over the world.

Spending 2 weeks in each tribe, Jimmy became acquainted with their time-honoured traditions, joined their rituals and captured it all in a very appealing way. His detailed photographs showcase unique jewellery, hairstyles and clothing, not to forget the surroundings and cultural elements most important to each tribe, like horses for Gauchos. According to Nelson, his mission was to assure that the world never forgets how things used to be: “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.”

Kazakh, Mongolia

Himba, Namibia

Huli, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Asaro, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Kalam, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Goroka, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Chukchi, Russia

Maori, New Zealand

Gauchos, Argentina

Tsaatan, Mongolia

Samburu, Kenya

Rabari, India

Mursi, Ethiopia

Ladakhi, India

Vanuatu, Vanuatu Islands

Drokpa, India

Dassanech, Ethiopia

Karo, Ethiopia

Banna, Ethiopia

Dani, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Maasai, Tanzania

Nenets, Russia


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  3. No, that is the total cost for the completed project. Of course I did all the work myself so there was no labor cost involved. If I paid someone to do it all, I am sure it would have been double that.

  4. It was close to a two year project, one old man working alone ;-). All the other questions are answered in my blog here http://seacontainercabin.blogspot.com/

  5. beautiful ! would love to have on a creek/river bank.

  6. such an amazing idea! can i move in? lol. im just kidding, but i would love to do something like this. i always said if i won the lottery, id just build me a double wide, and buy a nice car.

  7. Excellent way of being resourceful!

  8. way to see your dream come to life awesome build . you had me all up till the toilet stove . sorry would have ran a bit more pluming

  9. I
    wonder if the builder is a vet? We were making sleeping quarters out of
    shipping containers in Iraq years ago. I didn't see any as nice as this

  10. The only thing I would be concerned with is the wiring being loosely ran even though it is 12 volts and the romex running thru studs and not having any meatl nail safety plates on the studs for protection for the wire or plumbing.
    The house looks great though and only add the above for safety in the future