28 Fascinating Portraits of Isolated Tribes Facing Extinction

British photographer Jimmy Nelson has captured these stunning portraits of isolated tribes for a series he calls ‘Before They Pass Away.’ The photographs reveal “the lives and traditions of the last surviving tribes who have managed to preserve their traditional ways and customs within our increasingly globalized world.”

The series is presented as a hardcover collection entitled Before They Pass Away and is available for purchase here.

Goroka in Indonesia and Papua New Guineabefore-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-3 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-4 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-5 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-6

Karo in the Omo Valley of Africa’s Great Rift Valleybefore-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-7 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-8

Kalam in Indonesia and Papua New Guineabefore-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-9 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-10

Kazakh in Eastern Europe and Northern Central Asiabefore-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-11 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-12 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-13

Tsaatan in the remote subarctic Taiga of Mongoliabefore-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-14 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-15

Ladakhi in the Northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmirbefore-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-16 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-17

Huli in Indonesia and Papua New Guineabefore-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-1 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-2before-they-pass-away-huli-1

Maasai in Kenya and Tanzaniabefore-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-18 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-19 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-20

Maori in New Zealandbefore-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-21 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-22 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-23

Nenet in the Yamal Peninsulabefore-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-26 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-27

Mursi in Ethiopiabefore-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-24 before-they-pass-away-tribe-portraits-25