Hand-colored version of Theodor de Bry’s engraving of a Pict woman (a member of an ancient Celtic people from Scotland).
De Bry’s engraving, “The True Picture of a Women Picte”, was originally published as an illustration in Thomas Hariot’s 1588 book A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia.
Before They Pass Away is a project and book by photographer Jimmy Nelson that aims to document tribes and cultures before they disappear from existence.
About the book:
This historic volume showcases tribal cultures around the world. With globalization, these societies are to be prized for their distinctive lifestyles, art and traditions. They live in close harmony with nature, now a rarity in our modern era. Jimmy Nelson not only presents us with stunning images of customs and artifacts, but also offers insightful portraits of people who are the guardians of a culture that they—and we—hope will be passed on to future generations in all its glory. Nelson’s large-plate field camera captures every intricate detail and fine nuance for posterity. What’s more, this splendid pageantry is set against a vivid backdrop of some of the world’s most pristine landscapes.
Learn more about the book and the tribes on the project site.
A Mentawai woman with sharpened teeth. The Mentawai are an ethnic group indigenous to the Mentawai islands - a chain of islands in the western part of Indonesia. The women sharpen their teeth with a chisel for aesthetic reasons (as a rite of passage). Reportedly they do so with their teeth in order to mimic those of a shark.