Past show

Before They Pass Away (St Tropez)

Jimmy Nelson

June 26th, 2015 — July 14th, 2015
Lavoir Vasserot, Saint Tropez

About the exhibition

WHERE: Lavoir Vasserot, 1 rue Quaranta, 83990 Saint Tropez (at the corner of Place des Lices)


Fom June 26th till July 14th, 2015, OPIOM Gallery is pleased to present in its pop-up space in Saint Tropez and for the first time in France « BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY », a selection of photographs of vibrant tribal cultures taken by British photographer Jimmy Nelson during his four years journey around the globe.

Following its acclaimed success in New York, London, Brussels, Berlin and Stokholm, the exhibition will then be hosted at OPIOM Gallery in Opio from July 22nd till September 30th, 2015.


The title of Nelson's project, BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY, is intended to act as a controversial catalyst for further discussions about the permanence of these ancient cultures in our contemporary times. Indeed, between 2010 & 2013, Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to document thirty-five of some of the most fantastic indigenous cultures on the planet. While not a scientist, he can be considered as a self-trained ethnologist and visual anthropologist who, through curiosity, is looking for answers. While travelling the world, he soon realized his camera was the perfect connector for making contact and building close friendships with the most culturally distant people. He therefore embarked his traditional 5 x 4 plate Field camera to capture their emotional and spiritual lives via the recording of their painted faces, scarified bodies, jewelry, extravagant hairstyles and ritual languages.


Beyond his position as a witness, Jimmy Nelson ultimately intended his project to be an ambitious aesthetic photographic record that would stand the test of time. It forces us to see, to understand and to remember, Before They Pass Away.  

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