Speaker Spotlight: Jimmy Nelson - Life stories from behind the lens Jimmy Nelson, critically acclaimed photographer and curator of the truly striking photographic collection ‘Before They Pass Away’, joined ICCA tribespeople in Kuching at the annual gathering as this year’s Copenhagen – Denmark Lecture speaker. British born Jimmy started working as a photographer in 1978. Having spent 10 years at a Jesuit boarding school in the United Kingdom, he set off on his own to traverse the length of Tibet on foot (1985). The journey lasted a year and upon his return his unique visual diary, featuring revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet, was published to wide international acclaim. Today, Jimmy is travelling and photographing to produce part 2 of the project. His communication and his passion can be found on a plethora of platforms ranging from exhibitions at international museums, international photographic art galleries, TED conferences, magazine articles to, more recently, his embarking upon the establishment of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation. Jimmy’s ambition and mission is to make an iconic document of indigenous cultures and to leave a visual heritage for present and future generations. He wants to create an aesthetic photographic and film document that will stand the test of time. His work will be a catalyst for further discussion as to the authenticity and beauty of these fragile and disappearing cultures. He has come to realise that, after a life spent travelling, his camera is the perfect tool for making contact and building relationships with relatively unknown communities in some of the last untouched corners of the planet. On his journeys, he is continuously witnessing the speed in which these amazing communities are embracing the future. Very much aligned with the theme of tribes and business cultures at this year’s edition of the ICCA Congress, we hope that Jimmy’s fascinating narrative can inspire, provoke and above all be the catalyst for the conjuring of new paradigmatic thinking in order to improve our very own professional tribes, cultures and groupings for the greater good!


Life stories from behind the lens
Jimmy Nelson, Photographer
16 Nov. 2016 · 9 a.m.