The new global language is not Chinese, English or Spanish. Jimmy Nelson believes it is the visual language of photography. His travels to visit native peoples within small remote communities have become addictive. The bright, colourful, ecstatic feeling that comes through in the resulting photographs is in sharp contrast to a world that sometimes feels emotionally beige. They demonstrate the unique beauty of all the varieties of human life for the viewers and the subjects alike. It is the story he wants to tell and share with the world.
The parallels between the biodiversity of the planet and its cultural diversity are very clear. Our ethnodiversity, our ‘ethnosphere’, must also be protected. It is the sum total and manifestation of all the thoughts, dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations and intuitions produced by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness. It is all that we have created through our endeavours as a wildly inquisitive and astonishingly adaptive species. In short, it is humanity’s greatest legacy.
We all come from the same source and together we are going through an amazing period of cultural evolution. Peoples with unique cultural identities need to be truly and effectively respected, cherished and supported, for them and for all of us If we are to do so we will all need some of the humility, vulnerability, kindness, generosity and good humour that comes through in these arresting images.
Explore the Companion App - Every book comes with a pair of cardboard 360 glasses
To accompany Homage to Humanity, Jimmy Nelson and his team have created a companion mobile app. It is a remarkable record of their journeys on a state-of-the-art platform, with immersive 360 films, behind-the-scenes footage, storytelling and more.
Each image in this book has hidden, digital layers. Go even deeper into Jimmy Nelson’s photographs with exciting additional material that will bring you new insights into his work, and new perspectives on the lives of the people he visited.
In the running up to the launch of the book, we will publish on the companion app new images and information from Homage to Humanity every week, but most thrillingly we will be revealing preview content of our 360 video footage. All you will need is your smartphone and the FREE app.
Once the book is officially launched in September, your app will automatically ask you to update to the full version with which you will be able to scan EVERY image within the entire book. Scanning the photographs will open up a world like you have never seen before, the audio, video and 360 material will be an immersive experience for you to indulge in
The free companion app is available for iOS (download on the Apple app store) and Android (get it on Google Play).