Who is Jacob Aue SobolJacob Aue Sobol is a Danish photographer and member of Magnum since 2007. He studied photography and grew up using a camera. He is a twin and often commented that he sought to develop his own identity through his work. He also seems to photography twins frequently, perhaps influenced by his own twin. His first photography of work was Sabine, where he moved to a remote village in Greenland and lived as a fisherman and hunter, photographing as he went along. His work here stemed from his rejuvination of photography when he fell in love with Sabine. He stated that he hadn’t previously shot a picture for a year before he took his first photo in this project. He has traditionally shot black and white, starting with film but recently moving to the Leica M (monochrome). He also uses a flash to get his harsh contrast style.
Why I chose Jacob Aue SobolWhen I first saw his work, I didn’t really like it. I saw why some people might like it, but I didn’t. Since then I’ve seen more of his work and I have started to enjoy it more and more. The intimacy of his work really intrigued me. How did he get these intimate photos, and I’m curious about if he poses his subjects and directs them or not. His use of black and white really stood out to me, although I felt Black and white could be contrite and a simple call to nostalgia, Jacob really makes me feel like the black and white draws your attention to what really matters and focuses your attention.
- Jacob Aue Sobol’s books and Zines (UK) (US)
- Jacob’s website and portfolio
- Interview with Jacob on Arrivals and Departures release
- Vogue interview with Jacob