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Sabine: A Love Story

Jacob Aue Sobol's book reveals a candid account of his intimate relationship with girlfriend Sabine and their life together on the east coast of Greenland

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Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine Greenlandic Sabine Maqe. Sabine is lying on a sofa laughing and flirting. Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland. 2002. © Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine Greenlandic Sabine Maqe. Sabine has put on lipstick, high heels and a polka-dot dress. It's the christening of her sister's first baby. "Peqqeraava? Am I beautiful?" Sabine asks. She lifts her skir (...)
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine Sometimes the fishermen hang their nets to clean and repair them. A bird has been caught during the night. Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland. 2002. © Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine Greenlandic Sabine Maqe. Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland. 2001. © Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine A fisherman is waiting for the hundreds of small fish that gather around the floe to eat the seaweed. Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland. 2002. © Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine Greenlandic hunter/priest Hans Jonathansen. Hans is lying in his bed resting. He is the priest in Tiniteqilaaq, but he is also one of the most respected hunters. Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland. 2002. © Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine The boy's father shot the polar bear a few minutes before this photo was taken. The polar bear is the greatest prey for the hunter. Not only because of the value of the fur, but also the honour. Ti (...)
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine The young people in the settlement are very open about their sexuality and relationships. Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland. 2000. © Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine Greenlandic Sabine Maqe. Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland. 2001. © Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine An old hunter is dead and most of the settlement is attending the funeral. The body is kept in the coffin until summer, when the ground gets soft and it is possible to bury the corpse. Tiniteqilaaq (...)
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine Greenlandic Sabine Maqe. After a long day of work Sabine is exhausted. Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland. 2002. © Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine The 55 houses in the settlement are spread out on the mountain. Almost every one has a street light nearby. In the evening the families visit each other to eat, play cards and tell stories. Tiniteq (...)
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine A group of women are waiting for their husbands to return from the hunt. They're trying Sabine's nail varnish from Denmark. Then they play cards. Now and then one of them looks anxiously across the (...)
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine Greenlandic Sabine Maqe. Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland. 2001. © Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine Greenlandic Sabine Maqe. Sabine has left a postcard, two pieces of chocolate and her rings on the floor and gone to sleep. Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland. 2001. © Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine The Piteraq is a violent snowstorm which is created on the ice that covers 90% of Greenland. It accelerates and reaches the settlements by the coast with terrifying strength. Tiniteqilaaq, Greenlan (...)
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine Greenlandic Sabine Maqe. Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland. 2002. © Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Jacob Aue Sobol | Sabine There are 5-8 puppies in each litter, but most of them die because of the cold. Only the strongest survive and will be used for the dogsled. Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland. 2000. © Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos

In 1999, Jacob Aue Sobol went to live in the settlement of Tiniteqilaaq, Greenland, where he lived the life of a fisherman and hunter with his Greenlandic girlfriend Sabine and her family.

Taken over three years Sobol’s book records, in photographs and narratives, his encounter with Sabine and their life on the east coast.