Jacob Aue Sobol
Jacob Aue Sobol is a Danish
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 photographer. He has worked around the world, including in East Greenland
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, Guatemala
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, Tokyo
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, Bangkok
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 and Copenhagen
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Since 2007 Sobol has been a nominee at Magnum Photos
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. His works are widely exhibited, notably at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York and at the Diemar/Noble Photography Gallery in London.

Early life and education

Born in Copenhagen, Jacob Aue Sobol lived in Canada from 1994 to 1995. Back in Europe he first studied at the European Film College
European Film College
The European Film College is a school that offers an eight-month foundation course in practical filmmaking covering the fields of script-writing, cinematography, sound, acting, directing, editing, documentary and production management. The School is based in Ebeltoft, Denmark...

 and from 1998 at Fatamorgana
Fatamorgana (photo school)
Fatamorgana is a Danish school of art photography in Copenhagen. Founded by Morten Bo in 1999, the school offers one-year introductory courses, divided up into two semesters, covering various aspects of documentary and conceptual photography...

, the Danish School of Art Photography.

Time in Greenland

In the autumn of 1999 he went to the remote East Greenland village of Tiniteqilaaq
Tiniteqilaaq is a settlement in the Sermersooq municipality, in southeastern Greenland. Its population is 134 as of 2010.- Population :...

 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.

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

In the summer of 2005, Sobol went with a film crew to Guatemala to make a documentary about a young Mayan
Maya peoples
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 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

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.

Recent developments

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.

In 2009, he moved back to Copenhagen.


  • 2005 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize nominations for Sabine
  • 2006 World Press Photo Award
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     in the Daily Life Stories category, for the Guatemala series
  • 2007 Fogtdal Photographers Award
    Fogtdal Photographers Award
    The Fogtdal Photographers Awards is the largest awards programme dedicated specifically to Danish photography. It was established in 2004 by Danish publisher Per Fogtdal. The awards programme consists of an Honarary Award, rewarded with DKK 250,000, and five other awards, each rewarded with a...

  • 2008 Nominated, Paul Huf Award
  • 2008 Leica European Publishers Award for I, Tokyo
  • 2009 UNICEF Germany Photo of the Year Awards: Honorable Mention


  • 2010 Sabine & I,Tokyo, Yossi Milo Gallery, NY
  • 2009 I, Tokyo, Rencontre D’Arles, Arles, France
  • 2008 I, Tokyo, Brandts Museum of Photographic Art
    Brandts Museum of Photographic Art
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    , 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
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