Jacob Aue Sobol

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Jacob Aue Sobol (born 1976) is a Danish photographer. He has worked around the world, including in East Greenland, Guatemala, Tokyo, Bangkok and Copenhagen.

Since 2007 Sobol has been a nominee at Magnum Photos. His works are widely exhibited, notably at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York and at the Diemar/Noble Photography Gallery in London.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Copenhagen, Jacob Aue Sobol lived in Canada from 1994 to 1995. Back in Europe he first studied at the European Film College and from 1998 at Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Art Photography.

Time in Greenland[edit]

In the autumn of 1999 he went to the remote East Greenland village of Tiniteqilaaq to photograph. The visit was only supposed to last a few weeks but after meeting a local girl, Sabine, he returned the following year and stayed there for the next two years, living the life of a fisherman and hunter.[2]

In 2004 Sobol published Sabine, which in photographs and narrative portrays Sabine and describes his encounter with Greenlandic culture. The pictures in the book express the photographic idiom he developed at Fatamorgana.

Time in Guatemala[edit]

In the summer of 2005, Sobol went with a film crew to Guatemala to make a documentary about a young Mayan girl's first trip to the ocean. The following year he returned to the mountains of Guatemala, this time by himself. He stayed with an indigenous family for a month to document their everyday life.

Time in Tokyo[edit]

In 2006 he moved to Tokyo where he lived and worked for the next 18 months, investigating the city. The pictures from this project were presented in I, Tokyo. Commenting on the book, Miranda Gavin appreciates how "the sensitivity of his approach shines through the work and sets him apart as one of a new generation of photographers with the ability to allow eroticism and danger to seep through his images without becoming sordid or clichéd.[3]

Recent developments[edit]

Jacob Aue Sobol became a nominee of Magnum Photos in 2007.

In 2008, Sobol worked in Bangkok where he photographed children fighting for survival in the Sukhumvit slums, despite the country's growing economic prosperity.[4]

In 2009, he moved back to Copenhagen.[1]



  • 2013 Arrivals and Departures, Leica Gallery Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2010 Sabine & I,Tokyo, Yossi Milo Gallery, NY
  • 2009 I, Tokyo, Rencontre D’Arles, Arles, France
  • 2008 I, Tokyo, Brandts Museum of Photographic Art, Odense, Denmark
  • 2007 Sabine, Silo Gallery, Porto, Portugal
  • 2007 Sabine, Month of Photography, Kraków, Poland
  • 2007 Sabine, Gallery Sztuki, Konin, Poland
  • 2006 Sabine, Yours Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2006 Sabine, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
  • 2004 Sabine, Superdanish, Festival of Danish Art, Toronto, Canada
  • 2004 Sabine, Frederiks Bastion, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2003 Tiniteqilaaq – The strait that runs dry at low tide, Odense Phototriennale, Denmark


  • Sabine. Politikens Forlag. 2004
  • I, Tokyo. Published by Actes Sud (France), Apeiron (Greece), Dewi Lewis Publishing (Great Britain), Edition Braus (Germany), Lunwerg Editores (Spain), Peliti Associati (Italy) and Mets & Schilt (The Netherlands)


  1. ^ a b "About Jacob". Jacob Aue Sobol. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Vild, Smuk og Sørgelig". Weekendavisen. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  3. ^ Jacob Aue Sobol: I, Tokyo From HotShoe Newsletter. Retrieved 31 January 2010.[dead link]
  4. ^ UNICEF-Foto des Jahres. From the German Red Cross. In German. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Jacob Aue Sobol, lauréat du Leica European publishers award for photography", Photographie.com, 25 May 2008. (French) Accessed 8 May 2014.
  6. ^ UNICEF Foto des Jahres. Retrieved 3 February 2010.

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