LEIDEN – Fotograaf Jimmy Nelson reisde de wereld rond om inheemse volken op hun mooist te portretteren, voordat ze culturen niet meer bestaan. Hij was onder meer bij de Kazakken in Mongolië, de Ladakhi in India en de Mursi in de Hoorn van Afrika. Vanaf nu is deze serie foto’s te zien in het Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde in Leiden.
Nelson is lyrisch over zijn zijn Mongoolse avontuur: ,,We went north by plane to the subarctic taiga to photograph the Tsaatan tribe. Then west to the remote mountainous region of Bayan Olgii for the Kazakh tribe. We were astonished by the vastness of Mongolia. For hours we flew over beautifully desolate snow-covered mountains without a single sign of civilization anywhere. Except for maybe the odd little plume of smoke from a campfire somewhere far down below. Rarely in the project were there so many aspects that were balanced in harmony: the aesthetics, the landscape, culture, the surroundings and the soul of the people. Out of all the places we visited, this is where it all balanced. That said, the conditions were very difficult to work in. The ice-cold wind made the going terribly tough. But on the other hand the flow of the energy was very easy, because the people were giving us so much.”