Jacob Aue Sobol – Arrivals and Departures
Magnum Photos

25.10 - 17.11.2013
  • Jacob Aue Sobol

    Jacob Aue Sobol

  • Jacob Aue Sobol

    Jacob Aue Sobol

  • Jacob Aue Sobol

    Jacob Aue Sobol

“The most bizarre question I was ever asked by a journalist was, if the figures in my images were mannequins. The mannequin-series, he called it. He simply did not believe that it was possible to photograph humans like this. But the people I photograph are real and I look at them and I try to find something that connects us. I try to find a piece of myself in them.”

“Arrivals and Departures” is a project started in 2012. The artist travelled through Russia, Mongolia and China by Transsiberian train. As the atmosphere in the train didn’t meet his expectations (there was almost nobody to photograph), he stayed for a few days in each city: Moscow, Ulaanbaatar and Bejing. He photographed landscapes, streets and his new friends. But the journey through Russia, Mongolia and China is not only a travel through history and the places he visited.

The pictures are just as much a journey within ourselves – an investigation of the emotional states that can control us, inspire us and keep us moving. Something that is extremely difficult to define. And this is not the purpose of the images – to define, no, only to suggest – to lure the viewer and inspire him to use the image as a mirror of his own inner life.

Jacob Aue Sobol – Born in Denmark in 1976 and grew up in Brøndby Strand, in the suburbs south of Copenhagen. After studying at the European Film College, in 1988 he was admitted to Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography. There, he developed an unique, expressive style of black-and-white photography, which he has since refined and further developed.

He has started international career after leaving Greenland, where – as a fisherman and a hunter – he lived with his girlfriend Sabine and her Greenlander family. The project from that period – “Sabine” – was published in 2004 and nominated for prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize a year after. Since then all of his artistic projects – “The Gomez Brito Family”, “I, Tokyo”, “Bangkok Encounter”, “Arrivals and Departures” – met with a wide interest of the publics and critics alike, bringing further distinctions and awards, among them: Leica European Publishers Award (2009), Paul Huf Award (2008, shortlist), Fogtdals Foto Award (2007), World Press Photo (2005, Daily Life Stories, 1st prize).

He has just finished a joint project with Anders Petersen, entitled ’Veins’ and launched in September 2013 in Riga. Currently he is working on a project concerning Kopenhagen – the city he lives in.

Since 2007 he is a member of Magnum Photos. Represented also by Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, Rita Castelotte Gallery in Madrid, RTR Gallery in Paris. In Poland his works are available at Leica Gallery Warszawa.