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SOBOL, Jacob Aue

PORTRAIT_SOBOLBorn in 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Lives in Tokyo, Japan.

After studying at the European Film College, Jacob Aue Sobol enrolled in 1998 at Fatamorgana, the Danish school of documentary and art photography. There he developed the photographic language that would inform his images of Tiniteqilaaq, a settlement in eastern Greenland where he stayed in autumn 1999. For the next three years, he resided in this village in the home of his Greenlander girlfriend Sabine and her family, living the life of a fisherman and hunter. In 2004 he published Sabine, a book of photography and narrative that tells of how he met the young woman, and of their daily life on the east coast of Greenland. This book won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2005.

In summer 2005, Jacob Aue Sobol took a film crew to Guatemala to shoot a documentary about a young Maya girl’s first trip to the ocean. The following year, he returned alone to the mountains of the country, spending a month with the indigenous Gomez-Brito family to document their everyday life. This project earned him a first prize at the World Press Photo 2006 in the ‘daily life stories’ category.

Jacob Aue Sobol became a nominee at Magnum Photos in 2007.

He was presented with the 15th Leica European Publisher’s Award for Photography for his project entitled Tokyo.


Jacob Aue Sobol presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2009: Tokyo, at the Magasin Electrique. In 2012, there was a screening of Jacob Aue Sobol’s work at the Théâtre Antique d’Arles.