Empowering cultural expression for now and generations to come


the Jimmy Nelson Foundation



Our world is changing rapidly. Through this inevitable process, the world’s cultural colours are fading and extraordinary knowledge is on the brink of being lost. Therefore, it is important to encourage people to find pride in their cultural heritage and celebrate diversity, for now and generations to come.

UNESCO director Irina Bokova calls cultural diversity: “the promise of renewal and dynamism, and an engine of innovation and development.” In the world of today, original and traditional knowledge of indigenous societies can contribute to the planet’s modern vision on technology, science, medicine and provide outstanding examples of sustainable living.

Therefore we enable photography projects that promote positive visibility and appreciation for indigenous cultures. In this way, we can show the world the great value that cultural heritage holds.


Join us on this journey and help us empower indigenous cultural expression, by creating a documentary of traditions, stories and faces before our world has forever change.


recent and upcoming


  • Our blink test created by JWT India and J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam won A GOLD and a SILVER Pencil at The One Show! A beautiful example of global collaboration to preserve the world’s cultural diversity. Go to Facebook and do the test by clicking on the link below with your smartphone: http://www.f...

  • We are proud to introduce you to our latest project The Hadzabe: The Last Hunter Gatherers of Tanzania. This time our new team of talented volunteers traveled to where the dirt track runs out, somewhere along the shores of Lake Eyasi, in the shadow of the Ngorongoro Crater – Tanzania. Here at the ed...

  • We feel happy that Creart Freedom Magazine contacted the JNF to feature us in their latest issue. It was a good opportunity for us to reach a new audience while promoting the JNF work and the Csikós project in Hungary. Creart Freedom is an online bilingual (Spanish & English) magazine based in t...

  • In February we will have our second project of “Circles of Cultural Connection”. In nowhere else than in… Tanzania. This time we will be exploring the Hadzabe or Hadza tribe. In order to get to know them better, we will be living together with this indigenous group. What makes this visit even ...


The Jimmy Nelson Foundation documents cultural festivals and gatherings through the eyes of indigenous people. We finance projects worldwide that give indigenous cultures a platform to share their stories and promote pride, celebration, and positive self-image.


With your contribution you foster an appreciation for cultural diversity and help to connect people from different cultures to learn from each other’s knowledge.


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The Jimmy Nelson Foundation projects take place in cultural festivals and gatherings around the globe, with the aim of documenting the world’s last indigenous cultures from their own personal perspective.


Our mission is to record the pride that lies beneath these diverse peoples which will bring us back together and form a basis of mutual respect, and understanding for all humanity.


Have you ever felt the urge to join Jimmy Nelson? Are you passionate about indigenous cultures, photography, and traveling? Then, we are looking for you!



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