To celebrate International Women’s Day, Jimmy asked his heroines, Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith to curate a virtual exhibition exclusively about women. The exhibition, ‘The power in emotion’ invites us to celebrate women all around the world radiating through Jimmy’s lens. A homage to the way women resourcefully combine power and sensibility, and an invitation for men to get back in touch with the emotionally open part of themselves that holds the rewarding inner lives that have historically been the province of women.

Today, the 8th of March 2022, artist Jimmy Nelson launches a new virtual exhibition called ‘The power in emotion’ celebrating women curated by two of the most iconic women he knows: Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith. Within their mutual fields of interest these photographers represent the epitome of women’s achievements. Throughout their extraordinary life they have been granted unprecedented access to a kaleidoscope of African Indigenous rites and rituals. They continue to be honoured worldwide today for their powerful photographs documenting the traditional ceremonies of these wildly creative and precious cultures. Like Jimmy, they are committed to adoring and sharing the wealth of this cultural heritage which stands on the threshold of being lost as the ever-encroaching modern world fast approaches.

“A wonderful way to celebrate Women's Day is to be swept off your feet by the beauty and power of Indigenous women across the world. Jimmy Nelson’s unique collection of photographs capture the extraordinary creativity and pride of these women, from the ochered Himba nomads of the Namib Desert to the bejewelled daughters of Mongolia. Through these masterful images, Jimmy’s deep admiration for women shines through. As fellow photographers, we share his passion to celebrate the beauty, power and pride of womankind.” 

Angela Fisher & Carol Beckwith

Jimmy is honoured and thrilled that his dear friends Carol and Angela have participated in the curation of this virtual exhibition. He has and always will be in awe of what their heart and eyes have witnessed and thus in total trust of their creative choice. The women portrayed in the images all display their own story of strength and achievement. In the selection is one of Jimmy’s iconic images of the Himba from a posterior perspective. He has always been obsessively interested in the aesthetic of the human back.

"For me this photograph represents the physical connection and power with the original source of strength for all humans. The Himba women of Northern Namibia confidently stride into the unending empty landscape, their backs holding their heritage and heads high with a strength and ease which is an inspiration for us all."

Jimmy Nelson

The selection on view features more than twenty art works, brought to life by an audio tour narrated by Jimmy Nelson himself . Running until the 8th of June, ‘The power in emotion’ encourages us to rethink vulnerability as an asset of strength for both women and men.

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About Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson (UK, 1967) started working as a photographer in 1987. Having spent ten years at a Jesuit boarding school in the North of England, he set off on his own to traverse the length of Tibet on foot (1985). The journey lasted two years and upon his return his visual diary, featuring revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet, was published.

Soon after (1987) he was commissioned to cover a variety of culturally newsworthy themes for many of the world-leading publications ranging from the Russian involvement in Afghanistan and the ongoing strife between India and Pakistan in Kashmir to the beginning of the war in former Yugoslavia.

In early 1994 he and his Dutch ex-wife Ashkaine Hora Adema produced Literary Portraits of China. A coffee-table book about all indigenous cultures in China and their translated literature. From 1997 onwards, Jimmy undertook commercial advertising assignments for many of the world’s leading brands. Meanwhile, he spent his whole life accumulating images of indigenous cultures.

In 2010 he began his journey to create the artistic document that became Before They Pass Away, which was published in October 2013. Its success and the responses to it have enabled and encouraged Jimmy to continue this journey. In October 2018, Nelson published the first interactive book Homage to Humanity, for which he visited another unique 34 indigenous cultures around the globe. The book is accompanied by the 2019 Webby Award-winning mobile application that makes it possible to scan every image in the book and bring them to life with exclusive films, interviews and 360 ̊ film material. This allows people to see the making of the work and to understand the process behind it.

Today Jimmy is using an 8x10 analogue plate camera to bring the project to its next level. Jimmy strongly believes that if you change the way you look at people, the people you look at change. And if that change is powerful enough, it will gather momentum to affect the whole of humanity. A message that today he is promoting through talks at international conferences and museum exhibitions. With the proceedings of his art projects, the Jimmy Nelson Foundation was set up to take it a step further in supporting the communities on the ground.