"When I photograph, I try to use my instincts as much as possible.
It is when pictures are thoughtless and irrational that they come to
life; that they evolve from showing to being."
Jacob Aue Sobol became a nominee in 2007
Jacob Aue Sobol
Danish, b. 1976
Born in Copenhagen. Lived in Canada 1994-95 and in Greenland
2000-2002. Has been living in Tokyo since 2006.
After a period studying at the European Film College, Jacob Aue
Sobol was admitted to Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Documentary
and Art Photography, in 1998. At Fatamorgana he developed the
photographic idiom that runs through his pictures from the East
Greenland settlement of Tiniteqilaaq, where he went in the autumn of
1999. Over the next three years he mainly lived in this township
with his Greenlandic girlfriend Sabine and her family, living the
life of a fisherman and hunter. In 2004 the book Sabine was
published. In photographs and narratives it depicts his encounter
with Sabine and life on the east coast of Greenland. The book was
nominated for Deutche B?rse Photography Prize 2005.
In the summer of 2005 Jacob Aue Sobol went with a film crew to
Guatemala to make a documentary about a young Mayan girls’ first
travel to the ocean. The year after he returned to the mountains of
Guatemala by himself. He met the indigenous family Gomez-Brito and
decided to stay with them for a month to tell about their everyday
life. The series won the First Prize Award, Daily Life Stories,
World Press Photo 2006.
Jacob is currently working on a new book project in Tokyo to be
published in 2008.
His photographs are represented in the Royal Library’s National
collection of photography and the National Arts Foundation in
In 2007 Jacob became a nominee at Magnum Photos.