Jimmy Nelson (1967) has worked for over thirty years as a photographer and is the initiator of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation.


Jimmy Nelson was born in Seven Oaks, the UK. At the age of 16, he was prescribed the wrong medication and lost all of his hair overnight. On the Jesuit boarding school he attended, his baldness was mistaken as a sign for right-wing affiliation. He became socially isolated.


Jimmy started his quest for a place where he would fit in as an 18-year old. His first choice was Tibet, where according to his own research, everybody was bald. This first trip set off a never ending series of wanderings that continues to this day.


On his own search for self, Jimmy discovered the world’s variety of peoples  with their own cultures, looks and languages. He decided to pay homage to them by photographing the people he met on his travel. His work is characterized by it’s romantic and celebratory style.


Jimmy Nelson is now an award-winning photographer. He still cherishes the ambition to document indigenous cultures and leave visual heritage that will stand the test of time. He aims for his work to act as a catalyst for further discussion about the globalizing forces that put these cultures in peril.


The Jimmy Nelson Foundation was founded in 2016.  The foundation presents a platform to foster appreciation for cultural diversity and connect people from all over the world in a celebration of polychromatic cultural identity.


“Maybe, from learning from each other, we can come to the realization that we are one.” – Jimmy Nelson



The Jimmy Nelson Foundation helps to shape a world that celebrates its polychromatic culture. We fund projects that capture and share cultural diversity. With your support we can keep realizing fantastic ideas.


By contributing you are helping the Jimmy Nelson Foundation to raise awareness on the way globalization affects our cultural heritage. Your support fosters an appreciation for cultural diversity and connects people in learning from each others’ cultural knowledge.


Let’s celebrate the world’s polychromatic cultural identity. Help others to achieve their dreams and donate!


Jimmy has spent the last three decades documenting and celebrating indigenous culture. Now it’s your turn to take action!


We use the funds we receive from businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to realize your ideas and dreams. We urge you to apply for project funding. Relevant projects support a celebration of the world’s polychromatic cultural identity.


If you would like Jimmy Nelson foundation to consider funding your project, please submit your idea via the web form below.




  • Project materials supported by Nikon   As our first project of 2018 is coming up in the first week of July, it is time to present to you our valued partner and sponsor: Nikon! From now on, Nikon will grant all Jimmy Nelson Foundation projects materials (cameras, lenses, VR cameras and GoPros) t...

  • The Jimmy Nelson Foundation has been accredited the CBF seal of approval!   It has only been two years since the Jimmy Nelson Foundation was founded by the photographer Jimmy himself. Ever since, his team has been working hard on bringing the importance of indigenous cultural diversity to the a...

  • We are proud to introduce you to our newest Foundation ambassador, Brazilian street artists Eduardo Kobra!   Eduardo Kobra (born in Sao Paulo, Brazil) has committed himself to the Jimmy Nelson Foundation as an international ambassador. We are proud of him as a member to our organisation –...

  • Volunteer for one of our photography projects! As of this summer, the Jimmy Nelson Foundation will be creating photography projects around the world, that take place at the moment cultures are at their most celebrative: traditional cultural festivals. What is so unique about this new initiative, is ...


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