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Jacob Aue Sobol

Yossi Milo Gallery

Jacob Aue Sobol is a young Danish photographer who doesn’t seem to photograph much in Denmark: In the tradition of the Magnum photo group—he is one of its younger members—he travels, particularly favoring places where the living is hard. Sobol first became publicly known through a series on Greenland, where he spent three years in the small village of Tiniteqilaaq, largely following the local way of life. Pictures from that series, “Sabine,” 1999–2001, formed part of this exhibition. The rest of the works on view were shot between 2006 and 2008 in Tokyo, where Sobol presumably lived more comfortably than in the Arctic. The striking thing about the two groups in combination, though, was their visual similarity: Tokyo, through Sobol’s eyes, is a bitterly cold place.

As if to fight the cold, a strong erotic current runs through Sobol’s work. Sabine was a young woman Sobol met and lived with

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