Jacob Aue Sobol

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Aue Sobol during FotoArtFestival 2013

Jacob Aue Sobol (born 1976) is a Danish photographer. He has worked in East Greenland, Guatemala, Tokyo, Bangkok and Copenhagen. Since 2007 Sobol has been a nominee at Magnum Photos. Two books of his work have been published and his work has been widely exhibited including at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York and at the Diemar/Noble Photography Gallery in London.

Life and work[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.

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.[1] 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.

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, to stay with an indigenous family for a month to document their everyday life.

In 2006 he moved to Tokyo to spend 18 months photographing the city for his book 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.

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.

In 2009, he moved back to Copenhagen.



  • 2003: Tiniteqilaaq – The strait that runs dry at low tide, Odense Phototriennale, Denmark.
  • 2004: Sabine, Frederiks Bastion, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2004: Sabine, Superdanish, Festival of Danish Art, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2006: Sabine, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK.[2]
  • 2006: Sabine, Yours Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.
  • 2007: Sabine, Gallery Sztuki, Konin, Poland.
  • 2007: Sabine, Month of Photography, Kraków, Poland.
  • 2007: Sabine, Silo Gallery, Porto, Portugal.
  • 2008: I, Tokyo, Brandts Museum of Photographic Art, Odense, Denmark.
  • 2009: I, Tokyo, Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France.
  • 2010: Sabine & I,Tokyo, Yossi Milo Gallery, NY.
  • 2012: Arrivals and Departures, Leica Gallery Washington, D.C.
  • 2013: Arrivals and Departures, Leica Gallery Prague, Czech Republic.


  • Sabine. Politikens Forlag, 2005.
  • I, Tokyo. Actes Sud (France), Apeiron (Greece), Dewi Lewis (UK), Braus (Germany), Lunwerg (Spain), Peliti (Italy), Mets & Schilt (Netherlands), 2008. ISBN 978-1904587682.


  1. ^ "Vild, Smuk og Sørgelig". Weekendavisen. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  2. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (28 May 2006). "Love in a freezing cold climate". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 

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