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“Arrivals and Departures” by Danish photographer Jacob Aue Sobol

Leica Galerie is extending the current exhibition "Arrivals and Departures" by the Danish photographer Jacob Aue Sobol (b. 1976) until 10 October 2021. The series was taken during his journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Beijing. But during the journey there were hardly any opportunities to take photographs and the atmosphere on the train did not meet Sobol's expectations. So he decided to spend a few days each in Moscow, Ulaanbaatar and Beijing. Here he was inspired by the many new impressions and photographed landscapes, street scenes, but above all the people he met during this time. Sobol's motifs are powerful and emotional; his portraits in particular appear radical and direct. In tight cropping, the images convey the familiarity and often intimate closeness with his new friends. For the photographer, the journey through Russia, Mongolia and China also became a journey to himself. Sobol also understands the motifs as an invitation to the viewer to look at the picture as a mirror of his own feelings.

© Jacob Aue Sobol, Arrivals and Departures

For Sobol's expressive, high-contrast black-and-white visual language, which is evident in the landscape motifs and portraits, the Leica M Monochrom, first used in 2012, was a perfect travel companion. Effortlessly, the photographer managed to continue his own raw image aesthetic digitally.

Jacob Aue Sobol, born in Copenhagen in 1976, attended Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Photography and Fine Arts, from 1998 after studying at the European Film College. He lived in Greenland, Guatemala and Tokyo, and from 2008 began working in Bangkok and Copenhagen. His series developed in these countries have been exhibited internationally and published in illustrated books. He became a nominee of the Magnum Photos agency in 2007 and has been a full member since 2012. In 2008, he received the European Publishers Award for Photography for the book "I, Tokyo".


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