Sabine. Photographs by Jacob Aue Sobol. Introduction by Finn Thrane. Politiken, 2004. 119 pp. Oblong quarto. First edition. SIGNED on title page. Photo-illustrated boards with quarter cloth. Black-and-white reproductions.
Included in Parr/Badger, The Photobook: A History, vol. III.
"The history of modern photography is punctuated by the publication of certain books whose narratives are so intimate and dramatic that they initially seem shocking, even intrusive - Larry Clark's drug diary, Tulsa, for example, or Richard Billingham's astonishing images of his gloriously dysfunctional family, Ray's a Laugh. And now Sabine, whose images put you right into their relationship, taking you on their intense, doomed journey."--Sean O'Hagen, The Guardian
Excerpt from Finn Thrane's introduction, "Arctic Incursion," "The young Danish photographer Jacob Aue Sobol brought
neither social prejudices nor social
criticism with him when he first
traveled to eastern Greenland. He was only on a job, making a
documentary series from Tinitequilaaq, a godforsaken place whose
name, through translation, implies the end of the world: The sound that
runs dry at low tide. A
fter five weeks Sobol had had enough. He got his
black and white shots and went back to Denmark
but could soon see
that his portrait of the settlement might be distorted. Four months later
he returned to Greenland and resumed photographing.
On this second
trip he sees that the little community incorporated many more layers
and meanings than he could see the first time. This time, Greenland
captures him. The hilly landscape lay transparent and glowing and the
frozen seawater lures. He makes friends among th
e hunters, who take it
upon themselves to train him. He becomes a hunter and a fisherman
and can, despite the arctic cold, provide his own food. As this new life
suddenly pans out for him the pampered motherland to the south
shrinks into a pale past, and h
e decides to test himself in meeting the
basic existential challenges of eastern Greenland. But behind this
decision lay the real motivation: falling in love with the Greenlandic girl,
Sabine. This circumstance not only changes his arctic project, but also
fundamentally affects the language he uses to tell his story"
Just the slightest trace of scuffing to rear board; otherwise Fine.