Jacob Aue Sobol’s pictures taken in Milwaukee form part of the collaborative project, Postcards From America, whereby 11 Magnum photographers set out to capture interactions and relationships that define places across America through multiple perspectives. As ever, Sobol finds an intimate connection with his subjects, preferring to find what brings us together, rather than what sets us apart. “I always look for the things we have in common – not what’s strange or different. I look for things we share, and most often that’s our emotional life. A young couple falling in love in Moscow is the same as a couple in Beijing.”

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.

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