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Jacob Aue Sobol Copenhagen, Denmark

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by Jacob Aue Sobol
Publisher's Description
Magnum photographer Jacob Aue Sobol moved to Tokyo in spring 2006.

Initially I felt invisible. Each day I would walk the streets without anyone making eye-contact with me. Everyone seemed to be heading somewhere – it was as if they had no need of communication. Most mornings I would take the Chuo-line from Nakano to Shinjuku, and even though the train would be packed with salary-men and school girls in uniform, I rarely heard a word being spoken.

And so I began taking my pocket camera out with me on the streets and in the parks. Rather than focusing on the impressively tall buildings and the eternal swarm of people, I began searching for the narrow paths and the individual human presence in a city that felt both attractive and repulsive at the same time.

Sobol’s first book Sabine (2004) was nominated for the 2005 Deutsche Börse Prize and selected for Martin Parr & Gerry Badger’s The Photobook: A History. Other Awards include a first prize at World Press Photo 2006. Exhibitions during 2008 include the United States, China and Denmark. Previous solo exhibitions include Portugal, United Kingdom, Canada, Poland and Denmark.
ISBN: 1904587682
Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
Hardcover : 108 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 9 x 12.5 x 0 inches
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