Jacob Aue Sobol was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1976. A photographer and member of Magnum Photos, he has published several monographs of his unique, expressive style of black-and-white photography and exhibited his work widely. His images focus on the universality of human emotion and the search for love within oftentimes harsh surroundings.

Jacob lived in Canada from 1994-95 and Greenland from 2000-2002. In Spring 2006 he moved to Tokyo, living there 18 months before returning to Denmark in August 2008. He has traveled extensively in the years since, photographing in Siberia, Thailand, Mongolia, America, and China while staying based in Copenhagen.

After studying at the European Film College, in 1998 Jacob was admitted to Fatamorgana, a Danish school for documentary and art photography. In the autumn of 1999 he went to live in the settlement Tiniteqilaaq on the East Coast of Greenland. Over the next three years, he lived mainly in this township with his Greenlandic girlfriend Sabine and her family, living the life of a fisherman and seal hunter but also photographing. The resulting book "Sabine" was published in 2004.

In the summer of 2005, Jacob traveled with a film crew to Guatemala to make a documentary about a young Mayan girl’s first journey to the ocean. The following year he returned by himself to the mountains of Guatemala, where he met the indigenous Gomez-Brito family. He stayed with them for a month to tell the story of their everyday life. The series won first prize in the Daily Life category of World Press Photo in 2006.

In 2006 he moved to Tokyo and during the next two years, he created the images for the book "I, Tokyo," which was awarded the Leica European Publishers Award in 2008.

Following his time in Tokyo, Jacob worked extensively in Bangkok, resulting in the 2016 book "By the River of Kings." In 2012 he began photographing along the Trans-Siberian Railroad and spent the next five winters photographing in the remote Russian province of Yakutia for his project "Road of Bones." He has ongoing projects in Denmark ("Home") and the United States ("America").




2019 By The River Of Kings, Street Photo Milan, Italy

2019 With and Without you, SAK museum, Denmark

2018 With and Without You, 6x7 Warsaw Leica Gallery, Poland

2018 America, Unseen festival, Netherlands

2018 With and Without You, Wouter Van Leeuwen, Netherlands

2018 Arrivals and Departures, Haute Photographie Rotterdam, mc2 and Galerie Wouter Van Leeuwen, Netherlands

2018 Sabine, Polka Galerie, France

2017 With and Without you, Banja Rathnov Galleri & Kunsthandel, Copenhagen, Denmark

2017 With and Without you, Rencontres d'Arles, France

2017 Road of Bones, Photo London, UK

2016     By The River Of Kings, Polka Galerie, Paris, France

2015     Sabine, Lianzhou Foto, China    

2015     I, Tokyo, Polka Galerie, Paris, France

2015     Arrivals and Departures, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA

2015     Arrivals and Departures, Silencio, Paris, France     

2015     Veins, (w/ Anders Petersen), Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

2015     Veins, (w/ Anders Petersen), Salvador, Brasil

2015     Veins, (w/ Anders Petersen), Curitiba, Brasil

2015     Arrivals and Departures, Sète Festival of Photography, France

2015     Arrivals and Departures, Galleri Naboløs, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Denmark

2015     L’Intima Distanza, Scalone Vanvitelliano, Pesaro, Italy

2015     Con Te, LABottega, Marina di Pietrasanta, Italy

2015     Con Te, Mc2 Gallery, Milano, Italy

2014     Veins, w/ Anders Petersen), Three Shadows Gallery, Beijing, China

2014    Arrivals and Departures, Leica Gallery, Vienna, Austria

2014     Arrivals and Departures, Cortona on the move (festival), Italy

2014     Arrivals and Departures, Obscura Festival, Malaysia

2014     Veins, (w/ Anders Petersen), ROSPHOTO, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2014     Toujours Avec Toi, Magnum Gallery, Paris, France

2013     Avec Toi, Maison du Danemark, Paris Photo, France

2013     Veins (w/ Anders Petersen), Riga Academy or Art, Latvia

2013     Stories, Landskrona Art Museum, Sweden

2013     Stories, FotoArtFestival, Bielsko-Biala, Poland

2013     Close to You, Athens Photo Festival 2013, Greece

2013     Close to You, Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

2013     Arrivals and Departures, Leica Gallery Warsaw, Poland

2013     Arrivals and Departures, Leica Gallery Prague, Czech Republic

2012     Arrivals and Departures, C/O Berlin, Germany

2012     I,Tokyo, ArtScience Museum, Singapore

2011     Stories, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011     I, Tokyo / Sabine, Galeria Rita Castellote, Madrid, Spain

2011     I, Tokyo, Phototeket, Esbjerg, Denmark

2010     I, Tokyo / Sabine, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA

2009     I, Tokyo, Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France

2008     I, Tokyo, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense, Denmark

2007     Sabine, Silo Gallery, Porto, Portugal

2007     Sabine, Month of Photography, Krakow, Poland

2007     Sabine, Gallery Sztuki, Konin, Poland  

2006     Sabine, Yours Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

2006     Sabine, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2004     Sabine, SUPERDANISH: Newfangled Danish Culture, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada

2004     Sabine, Frederiks Bastion, Copenhagen, Denmark

2003     Tiniteqilaaq – The strait that runs dry at low tide, Filosoffen, Odense Foto Triennale, Denmark



2011    Face of Our Time, University of Michigan Museum of Art, USA

2011    Face of Our Time, SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

2011    Minor Cropping May Occur, Lombard Freid Projects, New York, USA

2009    Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico

2008    Unseen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

2008    Discovery of FotoFest 2006, FotoFest, Houston, USA

2007    One Shot Each, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense, Denmark

2007    Contemporary Danish Photography, FotoFest, Houston, USA

2006    Closed Eyes, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense, Denmark

2006    37 seconds, The BBC big screen, the Liverpool Biennial/The BBC, Liverpool, UK

2006    World Mental Health Day, Frederiksberg Rådhus, Copenhagen, Denmark

2005    Contemporary Danish Photography, The Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, Iowa, USA

2005    Frispark, Galleri Spark, Copenhagen, Denmark

2003    Charlottenborg Forårsudstilling, Copenhagen, Denmark

2003    Odense Foto Triennale, Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Odense, Denmark

2001    Greenland in pictures, The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark

2000    Sons and lovers, Galleri Bossky, Copenhagen, Denmark

1999    Fatamorgana Anniversary Exhibition, Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark



2016     The Danish Arts Foundation, DJFotografernes Ophavsretsfond

2012     The Danish Arts Council

2011     The Danish Arts Council    

2010     Ragnvald og Ida Blix’ Fond

2009     The Danish Arts Foundation

2008     The Danish Arts Foundation, The Danish Arts Council, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, The Toyota Foundation     

2007     Politiken-Fonden, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond

2005     The Danish Arts Foundation, Politiken-Fonden, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond

2004     The Danish Arts Council, Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding, BG Fonden, Københavns Billedkunstudvalg, Kong Christian den Tiendes Fond, Cultural Foundation Denmark - Greenland, C.L. Davids Fond

2003     The Danish Arts Foundation, The Danish Arts Council, Committee for Literary Project Funding, Politiken-Fonden, The Royal Greenland Foundation, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, The Greenland Christmas Seal Foundation, Nordbok: The Nordic Literature and Library Committee, The Danish Parliament’s Greenland Trust

2002     C.L. Davids Scholarship, The Danish Parliament’s Greenland Trust

2001     Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik's Foundation, The Velux Foundation, The Greenland Home Rule Culture Fund, C.L. Davids Fond, Qilakitsoq Foundation

2000     The Danish Ministry of Culture's Development Fund, C.L. Davids Fond



2008     Leica European Publishers Award

2008     Nominated, Paul Huf Award

2007     Fogtdals Foto Award

2006     World Press Photo 1st prize, Daily Life Stories    

2005     Nominated, Deutsche Börse Photography Prize