Jacob Aue Sobol first came to Bangkok in 2008, and has returned several times since. The pictures taken here are emotionally intimate; he rarely photographed anyone from much more than a metre away; needing to “feel the person’s presence and use that as the starting point.” He felt a connection with the people on the narrow side streets rather than the fancy shopping centres, those who were able to share a brief moment of closeness. “However, I could also often feel the distance between us,” he says. “And so I often found myself in the role as the spectator photographing the constantly changing scenarios in the city. Underlined by the difference in language, race and social status, it was a continuous struggle to create an equal meeting. But when this succeeded, it was often in this encounter on a one to one basis – that I got the feeling of the closeness and intimacy I was searching for.”

For me photography is a way to get to know another person - insisting that we have something to share as humans and that every encounter can be a beautiful moment

Jacob Aue Sobol
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Jacob Aue Sobol was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1976. He lived in Canada from 1994-95 and Greenland from 2000-2002. After studying at the European Film College, Aue Sobol 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.

Aue Sobol is known for his unique, expressive style of black-and-white photography, which focuses on the universality of human emotion and the search for love within oftentimes harsh surroundings. He has made significant work in Tokyo, China, Greenland, Guatemala and along the Trans-Siberian railway. Aue Sobol became a member of Magnum Photos in 2012.

© Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos

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