Before They Pass Away: A Photographer Races After Vanishing Tribes

By Jane Hwang - 2014-01-07T15:48:54Z

Photograph by Jimmy Nelson BV courtesy teNeues

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The Tibetans of China

"When I was eighteen, I began my own travels, walking from one side of Tibet to the other. I hitchhiked, walked, sat in the back of trucks and traveled with the military, sometimes using my new monk-like appearance to blend in. I was one of the first people to travel the length of the country since it opened for tourism in 1985. Foreigners could fly to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, but that’s not what I wanted. I preferred to travel into the country overland. While the rest of the world flew 35,000 feet overhead, I ended up witnessing things from the ground people hadn’t seen for decades." --  Before They Pass Away 

"The past 50 years has seen widespread environmental destruction resulting in deforestation, soil erosion, extinction of wildlife, overgrazing, uncontrolled mining and nuclear waste dumping." -- Central Tibetan Administration, an organization established by the 14th Dalai Lama shortly after his exile

Left: Khampa Nomads, Nan-Tso, Central Tibet, July 2011