Jacob Aue Sobol

Jacob Aue Sobol was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1976. A photographer and member of Magnum Photos, he has published several monographs of his unique, expressive style of black-and-white photography and exhibited his work widely. His images focus on the universality of human emotion and the search for love within oftentimes harsh surroundings. Jacob lived in Canada from 1994-95 and Greenland from 2000-2002. In Spring 2006 he moved to Tokyo, living there 18 months before returning to Denmark in August 2008. He has traveled extensively in the years since, photographing in Siberia, Thailand, Mongolia, America, and China while staying based in Copenhagen. After studying at the European Film College, in 1998 Jacob was admitted to Fatamorgana, a Danish school for documentary and art photography. In the autumn of 1999 he went to live in the settlement Tiniteqilaaq on the East Coast of Greenland. Over the next three years, he lived mainly in this township with his Greenlandic girlfriend Sabine and her family, living the life of a fisherman and seal hunter but also photographing. The resulting book “Sabine” was published in 2004.

In the summer of 2005, Jacob traveled with a film crew to Guatemala to make a documentary about a young Mayan girl’s first journey to the ocean. The following year he returned by himself to the mountains of Guatemala, where he met the indigenous Gomez-Brito family. He stayed with them for a month to tell the story of their everyday life. The series won first prize in the Daily Life category of World Press Photo in 2006. In 2006 he moved to Tokyo and during the next two years, he created the images for the book “I, Tokyo,” which was awarded the Leica European Publishers Award in 2008. Following his time in Tokyo, Jacob worked extensively in Bangkok, resulting in the 2016 book “By the River of Kings.” In 2012 he began photographing along the Trans-Siberian Railroad and spent the next five winters photographing in the remote Russian province of Yakutia for his project “Road of Bones.” He has ongoing projects in Denmark (“Home”) and the United States (“America”).


2018 With or without you, Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam

2018 By the river of kings, Mondo Galeria, Spain

2018 Eyes Wild Open, Le Botanique, Brussels

2018 Terre des Iles, Polka Galerie, Paris

2018 Some-body to love, mc2gallery; Milano

2017 Eclipse, Blue Sky gallery

2017 With and Without you, BANJA RATHNOV GALLERI & KUNSTHANDEL, Denmark
2016 Solo Show, Magnum Photos, Paris
2016 L’intima distanza, Macula-mc2gallery
2016 Arrivals and Departures, Polka Galerie, Paris, France
2015 Sabine, Lianzhou Foto, China
2015     I, Tokyo, Polka Galerie, Paris, France
2015     Arrivals and Departures, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA
2015     Arrivals and Departures, Silencio, Paris, France
2015     Veins, (w/ Anders Petersen), Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
2015     Veins, (w/ Anders Petersen), Salvador, Brasil
2015     Veins, (w/ Anders Petersen), Curitiba, Brasil
2015     Arrivals and Departures, Sète Festival of Photography, France
2015     Arrivals and Departures, Galleri Naboløs, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Denmark
2015     L’Intima Distanza, Scalone Vanvitelliano, Pesaro, Italy
2015     Con Te, LABottega, Marina di Pietrasanta, Italy
2015     Con Te, Mc2 Gallery, Milano, Italy
2014     Veins, w/ Anders Petersen), Three Shadows Gallery, Beijing, China
2014    Arrivals and Departures, Leica Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2014     Arrivals and Departures, Cortona on the move (festival), Italy
2014     Arrivals and Departures, Obscura Festival, Malaysia
2014     Veins, (w/ Anders Petersen), ROSPHOTO, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2014     Toujours Avec Toi, Magnum Gallery, Paris, France
2013     Avec Toi, Maison du Danemark, Paris Photo, France
2013     Veins (w/ Anders Petersen), Riga Academy or Art, Latvia
2013     Stories, Landskrona Art Museum, Sweden
2013     Stories, FotoArtFestival, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
2013     Close to You, Athens Photo Festival 2013, Greece
2013     Close to You, Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
2013     Arrivals and Departures, Leica Gallery Warsaw, Poland
2013     Arrivals and Departures, Leica Gallery Prague, Czech Republic
2012     Arrivals and Departures, C/O Berlin, Germany
2012     I,Tokyo, ArtScience Museum, Singapore
2011     Stories, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
2011     I, Tokyo / Sabine, Galeria Rita Castellote, Madrid, Spain
2011     I, Tokyo, Phototeket, Esbjerg, Denmark
2010     I, Tokyo / Sabine, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA
2009     I, Tokyo, Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France
2008     I, Tokyo, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense, Denmark
2007     Sabine, Silo Gallery, Porto, Portugal
2007     Sabine, Month of Photography, Krakow, Poland
2007     Sabine, Gallery Sztuki, Konin, Poland
2006     Sabine, Yours Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2006     Sabine, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
2004     Sabine, SUPERDANISH: Newfangled Danish Culture, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
2004     Sabine, Frederiks Bastion, Copenhagen, Denmark
2003     Tiniteqilaaq – The strait that runs dry at low tide, Filosoffen, Odense Foto Triennale, Denmark

Group Exhibitions

2019 Self-Staged, The Theatre Museum at The Court Theatre, Copenhagen
2011    Face of Our Time, University of Michigan Museum of Art, USA
2011    Face of Our Time, SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
2011    Minor Cropping May Occur, Lombard Freid Projects, New York, USA
2009    Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico
2008    Unseen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
2008    Discovery of FotoFest 2006, FotoFest, Houston, USA
2007    One Shot Each, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense, Denmark
2007    Contemporary Danish Photography, FotoFest, Houston, USA
2006    Closed Eyes, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense, Denmark
2006    37 seconds, The BBC big screen, the Liverpool Biennial/The BBC, Liverpool, UK
2006    World Mental Health Day, Frederiksberg Rådhus, Copenhagen, Denmark
2005    Contemporary Danish Photography, The Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, Iowa, USA
2005    Frispark, Galleri Spark, Copenhagen, Denmark
2003    Charlottenborg Forårsudstilling, Copenhagen, Denmark
2003    Odense Foto Triennale, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense, Denmark
2001    Greenland in pictures, The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark
2000    Sons and lovers, Galleri Bossky, Copenhagen, Denmark
1999    Fatamorgana Anniversary Exhibition, Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Grants and Awards

2016     The Danish Arts Foundation, DJFotografernes Ophavsretsfond
2012     The Danish Arts Council
2011     The Danish Arts Council
2010     Ragnvald og Ida Blix’ Fond
2009     The Danish Arts Foundation
2008     The Danish Arts Foundation, The Danish Arts Council, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, The Toyota Foundation
2007     Politiken-Fonden, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond
2005     The Danish Arts Foundation, Politiken-Fonden, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond
2004     The Danish Arts Council, Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding, BG Fonden, Københavns Billedkunstudvalg, Kong Christian den Tiendes Fond, Cultural Foundation Denmark – Greenland, C.L. Davids Fond
2003     The Danish Arts Foundation, The Danish Arts Council, Committee for Literary Project Funding, Politiken-Fonden, The Royal Greenland Foundation, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, The Greenland Christmas Seal Foundation, Nordbok: The Nordic Literature and Library Committee, The Danish Parliament’s Greenland Trust
2002     C.L. Davids Scholarship, The Danish Parliament’s Greenland Trust
2001     Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik’s Foundation, The Velux Foundation, The Greenland Home Rule Culture Fund, C.L. Davids Fond, Qilakitsoq Foundation
2000     The Danish Ministry of Culture’s Development Fund, C.L. Davids Fond