Tribal Photography.

© Jimmy Nelson.

© Jimmy Nelson.

How often do you learn a valuable lesson from pissing yourself drunk, besides, “never drink that much again?” While traveling with a Central Mongolian tribe, photographer Jimmy Nelson learned lessons both in reindeer psychology and humor after downing too much vodka and wetting his tent. As the story goes, he woke up to reindeer charging into his bed (apparently they love human urine). Nelson tells this and more stories, accompanied by his majestic portraits of the customs and trappings of indigenous peoples from accross the world, in a new video from the Cooperative of Photography. Like Aesop’s fables, Nelson’s anecdotes have lessons touching on knowledge, vulnerability, and pride. Young photographers can also learn a lot about how to interact with subjects respectfully and purposefully.


© Jimmy Nelson.


© Jimmy Nelson.


Jimmy Nelson currently has a show at Gallery KNOKKE through September 18. See more of his work on his website. Visit the Cooperative of Photography for more tips, tricks, and interviews with photographers.

Via The Creators Project, where there are more photos.


  1. dakotagreasemonkey says

    The 7 lessons video is a way to deal with anybody, every day, anytime, anywhere. If everybody did that, wars would cease to happen, prejudices would wan away, and people would understand each other.
    The “Everybody” part is the most difficult to achieve.
    Someday, hopefully.

  2. Crimson Clupeidae says

    Not sure where to put this, but Caine, have you seen this?

    It’s a really cool video where they did DNA testing on a bunch of people to show just how globalized most of us really are.

  3. rq says

    Crimson Clupeidae
    I applaud the video’s purpose, but I have some questions about the science they’re using (not necessarily an indictment, but they seem to be a lot more specific than anything I’ve come across).

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