Good friend and Magnum photographer Jacob Aue Sobol of Denmark has an exhibition at the Yossi Milo Gallery that opened last night and runs through February 20th. Anyone in NY during this time should pop in and check it out.
Jacob is a great guy and an even better photographer. His work is intensely personal and deeply introspective. It isn’t for everyone, but those who like it will love it! His career essentially took off with his Sabine series, which chronicled 3 years of his life with his then-girlfriend Sabine in Greenland. He has since done bodies of work in Guatemala, Tokyo, and Bangcock. His book on Tokyo, I, Tokyo, won the prestigious Leica publisher’s award last year. I’m one of he ones who loves his work, so go have a look! Here is the press release from the Yossi Milo Gallery:
Jacob Aue Sobol
Sabine and I, Tokyo
January 14, 2010–February 20, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010, 6:00–8:00 pm
Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of two bodies of work by Jacob Aue Sobol, Sabine and I, Tokyo. The exhibition will open on Thursday, January 14, and close on Saturday, February 20, with a reception on Thursday, January 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Jacob Aue Sobol’s series Sabine (1999-2001) chronicles three years the artist spent in the settlement of Tiniteqilaaq in Greenland, his life as a fisherman and hunter, and his intimate relationship with Sabine and her family. The series of black-and-white photographs is a visual diary of a love story and daily survival, capturing private moments with Sabine contrasted with the harsh arctic environment of the east Greenlandic coast.
Photographs from the series I, Tokyo were taken between 2006 and 2008 while the artist lived in Tokyo. Overwhelmed by loneliness and isolation due to the unfamiliar culture and large city, the artist used the camera to find “individual human presence” in a swarming metropolis. The photographs offer a personal view of Tokyo, a result of the artist’s need to connect to the people and the city.
Jacob Aue Sobol’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark, and Rencontres D’Arles, Arles, France. In 2006, he received the First Prize, Daily Life Stories, World Press Photo. Jacob Aue Sobol’s recent book,I, Tokyo, was awarded the Leica European Publishers Award 2008. The book Sabine was published in 2004. Aue Sobol studied at the European Film College and Fatamorgana, Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography. He was born in Denmark in 1976 and grew up in Brøndby Strand south of Copenhagen. He currently lives and works in Copenhagen.