Jacob Aue Sobol

Danish, b. 1976

Jacob Aue Sobol was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1976. He 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. After studying at the European Film College, Jacob was admitted to Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography in 1998. There he developed a unique, expressive style of black-and-white photography, which he has since refined and further developed.

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 hunter but also photographing. The resultant book Sabine was published in 2004 and the work was nominated for the 2005 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

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 family Gomez-Brito. He stayed with them for a month to tell the story of their everyday life. The series won the First Prize Award, Daily Life Stories, World Press Photo 2006.

In 2006 he moved to Tokyo and during the next two years he created the images from his recent book I, Tokyo. The book was awarded the Leica European Publishers Award 2008 and published by Actes Sud (France), Apeiron (Greece), Dewi Lewis Publishing (Great Britain), Edition Braus (Germany), Lunwerg Editores (Spain) and Peliti Associati (Italy).

In 2008 Jacob started working in Bangkok and Copenhagen.


1998-00  Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art Photography
1997-98  The European Film College


2008     Leica European Publishers' Award for I, Tokyo
2008     Fogtdals Fotopriser Award
2006     World Press Photo 1st prize, Daily Life Stories
2005     Nominated, Deutche Börse Photography Prize

Solo Exhibitions

2010     I, Tokyo & Sabine, Yossi Milo Gallery, NY, USA
2009     I, Tokyo, Rencontre D’ Arles, Arles, Frankrig
2008     I Tokyo, Museet for Fotokunst, 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, Festival of Danish Art, Toronto, Canada
2004     Sabine, Frederiks Bastion, Copenhagen, Denmark
2003     Tiniteqilaaq – The strait that runs dry at low tide Filosoffen, Odense Phototriennale,

Group Exhibitions

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, Odense, Denmark
2007     Contemporary Danish Photography, Fotofest, Houston, USA
2006     Closed Eyes, Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
2006     37 seconds, The BBC big screen, the Liverpool Biennial/The BBC, Liverpool
2006     World Mental Health Day, Frederiksberg rådhus, Copenhagen, Denmark
2005     Contemporary Danish Photography, Faulconer Galleri, Grinnell, Iowa, USA
2005     Frispark, Galleri Spark, Copenhagen, Denmark
2003     Charlottenborg forårsudstilling, Copenhagen, Denmark
2003     Odense photo triennale, Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
2001     Greenland in pictures, The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen
2000     Sons and lovers, Galleri Bossky, Copenhagen, Denmark
1999     Fatamorgana anniversary exhibition, Øksne-hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark


Museet For Fotokunst (Museum of Photographic Art) Odense, Denmark.
Det Nationale Fotomuseum (The Royal Library National Collection of Photography)
Statens Kunstfond (The National Arts Foundation), Copenhagen, Denmark


2008     I, Tokyo, Dewi Lewis Publishing
2004     Sabine, Politikens Forlag A/S


2004     Rejsen, 12min, short film, photographer, Cotzal, Guatemala
1998     Take the A-train, 22 min. short film, director, Copenhagen, Denmark