Jimmy Nelson Opens Photography Exhibition At Agroturismo Atzaro

Posted on July 18, 2018

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

‘It’s obsession, it’s magic, it’s verging on madness!’ Jimmy Nelson animatedly told his captivated audience as he regaled the crowd with accounts of his adventurous trips into some of the world’s most remote places at the opening of his ‘Homage To Humanity’ exhibition at Agroturismo Atzaro. The display of the renowned photographer’s work will remain at the luxury countryside hotel until August 6th before launching in New York following an invite from fashion designer Donna Karan, who has written the foreword to Nelson’s book.

It’s a big scoop for Atzaro, but, as a venue and brand that has always championed the arts, a well-deserved one. And so it came as no surprise that Ibiza’s creative community turned out in force to celebrate the occasion, and mingle with the man of the moment, who took the time to chat to his admirers and show them around the exhibition space. Best known for his portraits of tribal and indigenous people, it was incredible to imagine the story behind each of the carefully curated works.

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Welcomed with a refreshing glass of sangria or crisp wine, we took some time taking in the huge prints, depicting striking portraits and vast sceneries captured all over the world, from the ice-capped mountains of Mongolia to the dusty African desert. Each image was breath-taking for many reasons; the soft lighting, the powerful expressions of the subjects, and the sheer bravery, effort and time it took to achieve Nelson’s vision. And, with the master lenser present, it was a rare chance to hear straight from the horse’s mouth how he achieved to capture these powerful portraits.

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Humble and charismatic, he welcomed his guests and launched into the fascinating backstory of how he discovered his passion for photography and the fascination with the subjects starring in his works. ‘It’s a very personal journey; it’s a journey of understanding, of pride and connection, of culture and identity,’ Nelson explained, before revealing how after suffering abuse at his school in West Africa and losing all of his hair from Malaria medication, at the age of 17, ‘inspired by my favourite Tintin story, I dressed in robes, bought a one-way ticket and went to Tibet… and by accident, I walked the length of Tibet for two years.’

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The powerful anecdotes and the humble, down-to-earth manner in which Nelson relived them, using members of the audience to demonstrate how he managed to approach and connect with some of the most remote tribes in the world, marked this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for photography enthusiasts to meet the man behind the lens. After perusing the gallery, many guests stayed on to enjoy dinner in The Summer Garden Restaurant, where live band Astrid Jones & The Blue Flaps were performing. Combining culture, live music and a delicious culinary offering in the magical gardens of the luxury hotel, for a different night out you should not miss ‘Homage To Humanity’ at Agroturismo Atzaro!

Further Information
w: www.atzaro.com

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