Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson

Between 2010 & 2013 Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to document some of the most fantastic indigenous cultures left on the planet today. He had come to realize that from a life spent travelling that his camera was the perfect tool for making contact and building intimate and unique friendships. Relationships with hither to unknown and understood communities in some of the farther most reaches of the planet. He wanted to discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever. But most importantly, he wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time.
Jimmy’s projects title ‘Before they pass away’ is intended to be a controversial catalyst for further discussion as to the authenticity of these fragile disappearing cultures. Jimmy Nelson is not a studied scientist but rather an self trained and visual anthropologist who through curiosity is trying to find answers. He wants to tell stories that leave room for the recipient’s questions. With the project Jimmy Nelson tried next to creating a photographic document, creating an awareness for the fascinating variety of the culture- and history charged symbols of the people, reflecting their rites, customs and traditions, that had hitherto has not existed.

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Before They Pass Away by Jimmy Nelson
more in Lens Magazine – Issue 36

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21 Places to Stay if You Care About the Planet

Sustainable, spectacular, and engaged with local communities, these lodges are tucked into some of the planet’s wildest places.

From a handful of rustic lodges committed to conservation back in the early 1990s, sustainable tourism is now transforming the global travel industry, and in the process helping to safeguard cultural and natural heritage, support environmentally friendly practices, and deliver economic and social benefits to local people.

Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas
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Coral Caye
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Topas Ecolodge
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Sápmi Nature Camp
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The Brando
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21 Places to Stay if You Care About the Planet
more at National Geographic

Sony World Photography Awards | 2017 Shortlist

Sony World Photography Awards
2017 Shortlist

sonywpa03aGrey Matter(s)
Tom Jacobi, Germany
Shortlist, Professional, Landscape, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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sonywpa03cAfrican Wildlife at Night
Will Burrard-Lucas, UK
Shortlist, Professional, Natural World, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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sonywpa03eFoley Hits, Malaysia, Shortlist, Open Competition, Culture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
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sonywpa03fFan Chen, China, Shortlist, Open Competition, Wildlife, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
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sonywpa03gSpace & City Rules
Dongni, China
Shortlist, Professional, Architecture, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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Sony World Photography Awards | 2017 Shortlist
more at World Photo

Women of Allah | Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat is a contemporary Iranian artist best known for her films exploring the relationship between women and the religious and cultural value systems within Islamic communities. She has said that she hopes the viewers of her work “take away with them not some heavy political statement, but something that really touches them on the most emotional level.”

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The International Lens Magazine Issue #29 – Femininity

lensmag02a“In this month’s issue we focus on this complicated subject of femininity, in all aspects and photography fields. We are very proud to feature important photographers such as Shirin Neshat and Lalla Essaydi who exhibit the hard position of women in extreme Muslim religion, and on the other side of atmosphere, you can find in this issue Most Influential Photographer such as Cindy Sherman and legendary F.C Gundlach and many more emerging photographers in different fields. Enjoy!”

lensmag02bWomen of Allah
by Shirin Neshat
and more at Lens Magazine

Macabre yet Fascinating: See How Ata Adnan Captured the Charak Puja Festival

This Bangladeshi festival looks like nothing you have ever seen.
Ata Mohammad Adnan (@aadnan) is a photographer based in Bangladesh. He shared his photos about Charak Puja, a Bangladeshi festival of penance.

AtaAdnan08a AtaAdnan08bHe writes:
Charak Puja (also known as Nil Puja) is a Hindu folk festival, held in southern Bangladesh and West Bengal on the last day of the month of Chaitra (in Bengali calendars called Choitro).
People believe that the festival will carry prosperity by eliminating the sorrow and sufferings of the previous year. The festival is actually a festival to satisfy “Lord Shiva”, the great “Debadideb” of Hindu Religion. Though the festival takes place on the mid night of Chaitra Songkranti, the preparation phase usually starts before one month of the day.

AtaAdnan08cMacabre yet Fascinating: See How Ata Adnan Captured the Charak Puja Festival
more at eyeem

Photography Revives a Tribal Tradition

How Native American Youth Are Reviving Tribal Bonds Through Photography
Young Crow Indians team up with Nat Geo photographers to explore the roots of their community.

TribalTradition07aPhotograph by Jonathan Kingston, National Geographic Creative

TribalTradition07bPhotograph by Chrisjynn Not Afraid, National Geographic Photo Camp

TribalTradition07cPhotograph by JoAnn Other Medicine, National Geographic Photo Camp

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In the Crow Indian tradition, the clan system is what binds members of the community together, creating a network of material and spiritual support that extends beyond blood relatives. But as mainstream Western culture takes the place of indigenous beliefs, this tradition is in danger of disappearing. For five days this summer, National Geographic photographers and mentors taught Crow Indian youth how to use photography as a way of telling the stories of their community and rediscovering their tribal roots.

more at nationalgeographic

TribalTradition07dPhotograph by Mallory Benedict

Celebrating seven decades of Sony with incredible series of photographs taken on α7 series

Seven inspiring European photographers explored Japan in an attempt to unearth the past, present and future influences of Japanese culture.
As Sony enters its 70th anniversary year, seven high-profile α7 series photographers have visited the homeland of the brand with the mission of capturing the spirit of Japan to foster a greater understanding of the influences that guide Sony to this day. The ‘#ase7ens’ each explored the seven pillars of Sony’s core values and used their full-frame cameras to bring them to life in a range of stunning images.

Sony70aDelivering beauty: @bobbyanwar, a7rii, 135mm F1.8 ZA

Sony70bPassion & Dignity: @neumarc, a7ii, 35mm 1.4 ZA

Sony70cEngineering Excellence: @berlinstagram, a7rii, FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS

Sony70dShowing the future: @cirkeline, a7rii, 24-70mm F2.8 ZA

Sony70eEnergy and Excitement: @vutheara, a7rii, FE 55mm F1.8 ZA

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VuTheara Kham (France), Dan Rubin (UK), Ana Barros (Austria/Portugal), Michael Schulz (Germany) Marco Gaggio (Italy), Christina N.Anderson (Denmark) and Bobby Anwar (Denmark/Sweden) immersed themselves in Japanese culture to explore Sony’s well-grounded roots. The results are outstanding images on seven different themes, capturing the many intricacies and complexities that shape Sony’s brand identity.

more at sony