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With and Without You
by Jacob Aue Sobol

The latest book by Jacob Aue Sobol is a tribute to his father who died when he was 20 years old. Printed on Jacobs 40th birthday it is a compilation of all the projects that he has made and that his father never got to see.

If you buy one book from Jacob this should be it. It has key images from all of his work including the yet unpublished projects  HomeRoad Of Bones and America as well as SabineThe Gomez Brito FamilyArrivals  and DeparturesBy the River of Kings and  I, Tokyo.

'When Jacob Aue Sobol was 20 years old his father was killed in an accident, aged just 40. As Jacob turned 40 himself, he began to reflect on the body of work he had created over the past 20 years that his father never got to see. ...' His book,  With And Without You, is a deeply personal reflection on the past 20 years, and is dedicated to his father. ...The book touches on important cornerstones of the photographer's life, from falling in love to his travels across Bangkok, Tokyo and Guatemala, ... to more recent work in Copenhagen, America and Siberia. 'But no matter where I am in the world, it is not a surprise that my work returns to well-known themes and emotions,' says Sobol. 'It's all about humanity, about sharing something with the people I meet, in an attempt not only to be a voyeur, but to take part in life - even when I am taking pictures of it.' 'I am quite certain that losing my father - in a horrific accident when I was twenty years old - was perhaps the primary reason that I started searching for a way to vent all the emotions that had built up inside me. As soon as I realized that photography was not only about the subject being portrayed, but also about the photographer's own relation to the world and his surroundings, I found myself with a constant need to create images - to put them out there, and allow others an opportunity to see their own reflection in my work.' — The eye of photography.

  • 224 pp.
  • 129 black-and-white illustrations
  • x10 x¾"


Jacob Aue Sobol was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1976. He 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. After studying at the European Film College, Jacob was admitted to Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography in 1998. There he developed a unique, expressive style of black-and-white photography, which he has since refined and further developed.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 hunter but also photographing. The resultant bookSabine was published in 2004, and the work was nominated for the 2005 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

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 family Gomez-Brito. He stayed with them for a month to tell the story of their everyday life. The series won the First Prize Award, Daily Life Stories, World Press Photo 2006.

In 2006 he moved to Tokyo and during the next two years, he created the images from the book I, Tokyo. The book was awarded the Leica European Publishers Award 2008 and published by Actes Sud (France), Apeiron (Greece), Dewi Lewis Publishing (Great Britain), Edition Braus (Germany), Lunwerg Editores (Spain) and Peliti Associati (Italy).

In 2008, Jacob started working in Bangkok and Copenhagen