The compelling and sometimes poignant photography of Jacob Aue Sobol is built upon layers of personal and social history. As a member of Magnum Photos he stands on the shoulders of giants yet his own mythology equals those peers and predecessors. It makes sense then, that his projects are epic in both scale and ambition, resisting cynicism at every turn, Sobol creates work that celebrates the human spirit in the depth of winter.

Barry W Hughes: You have often related your aesthetic and working method to your early experiences living on the Eastern coast of Greenland. There is a curious mix of hardship and isolation that clashes with optimism and love from this period of your life. Is this essentially what underlines each of your images and broadly speaking your projects?

Jacob Aue Sobol: My pictures are about being human for better or worse. I cannot imagine dealing with other themes.

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