Closing keynote speaker: Jimmy Nelson


Jimmy Nelson 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 in 1985. The journey lasted a year and upon his return, his visual diary, featuring revealing images of a previously inaccessible Tibet, was published.

Soon after this, he was commissioned by some of the most renowned publications to cover a variety of culturally newsworthy events, ranging from the Russian involvement in Afghanistan, to the ongoing strife between India and Pakistan in Kashmir and the beginning of the war in former Yugoslavia.

In 2013, Jimmy's first book Before They Pass Away was published. This was two-and-a-half-years in the making as he travelled across the world meeting and photographing people from the most extraordinary indigenous cultures. Its success and the responses to it enabled Jimmy to continue this work. Most recently in 2018, he published Homage to Humanity for which he visited 34 unique indigenous cultures around the globe.

At the Closing Plenary on Friday, 16 September at 12:00–13:00, Jimmy will deliver a speech that focuses on the themes ‘travelling and communication’, sharing his international experiences and inspiring us to take a different view on how we travel.