After completing his highly personal study of love, his book ‘Sabine’ (2004), Jacob Aue Sobol traveled to Guatemala to undertake a new documentary project. Despite adopting a more traditional documentary approach, the photographer aimed to carry with him the same sense of closeness with his subject, in this case, the Gomez-Brito family. He lived with the family in their home for a long period, studying Spanish so he could talk to them. Sobol spent time working with the men and the boys on their land, and with the women and the girls in the house. Only when there was a level of mutual trust did he begin to take photographs.

I'm looking at the world but honestly, I would prefer to take part. Maybe you can feel this eagerness to take part in my pictures

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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