Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson





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Published on Nov 6, 2013

Photographer Jimmy Nelson set out to search for the world's last indigenous cultures. With the goal to document these rapidly disappearing communities for future generations. Before They Pass Away. - http://www.beforethey.com/ -

This is the 1st cut of one of the episodes of the potential TV series Before They Pass Away - the making of. In this episode photographer Jimmy Nelson and his team travel to Vanuatu Islands. Out of the chain of 83 islands, they visited 5 and portrayed a tribe on each island.


Jimmy Nelson (Sevenoaks, Kent, 1967) started working as a photographer in 1987. Having spent 10 years at a Jesuit boarding school in the North of England, 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.

Soon after, he was commissioned to cover a variety of culturally newsworthy themes, ranging from the Russian involvement in Afghanistan and the ongoing strife between India and Pakistan in Kashmir to the beginning of the war in former Yugoslavia.

In early 1994 he and his Dutch wife produced Literary Portraits of China, a 30 month project that brought them to all the hidden corners of the newly opening People's Republic. Upon its completion the images were exhibited in the People's Palace on Tiananmen Square, Beijing, and then followed by a worldwide tour.

From 1997 onwards Jimmy began to successfully undertake commercial advertising assignments for many of the world's leading brands. At the same time he started accumulating images of remote and unique cultures photographed with a traditional 50-year-old plate camera. Many awards followed. When he started to successfully and internationally exhibit and sell these images, this created the subsequent momentum and enthusiasm for the initiation of Before they Pass Away.

A Jimmy Nelson pictures BV production

concept & photography- Jimmy Nelson
assistant photography- Hannelore Vandenbussche
assistant photography/film- Bram Vis
project director- Frans Van Hapert
curator- Narda Van't Veer
text- Mark Blaisse
coordinator- Chantal Kartarm

produced by- Powerstation
created by- Klemens Werner
studio-camera- Dennis Fuhro
studio-camera- Klemens Werner
shoot on- Red Epic
created on- Avid Ds Nitris & Softimage

compositing & cutting unit 1- Klemens Werner
cutting unit 2- Dennis Fuhro
cutting unit 3- Gregor Skowronek
cutting-assistant- Sammy Werner

film script by- Merk Blaisse
insert script by- Jimmy Nelson

musicproduction by- Powerstation & Push Music
soundscore by- Klemens Werner & Alex White
main-title by- Klemens Werner
maintitle supported by- Rocco main mood orchestra

sound-edits- Klemens Werner & Bobby Benz
mix & mastering- Klemens Werner & Bobby Benz
3d animation- Raphael Raul
footage stabilizing- Philipp West
design of the maps- Myriam Weber
studio scenes- Molino Area
the voice- Mark Blaisse

very special thanks to- Bernhard Burgener


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