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The Leica Gallery Wetzlar presents Jacob Aue Sobol Arrivals and Departures

From April 21 to June 27, 2021, the Leica Gallery Wetzlar is presenting Arrivals and Departures, an exhibition by the Danish photographer, Jacob Aue Sobol.
The Leica Gallery Wetzlar presents Jacob Aue Sobol Arrivals and Departures
© Jacob Aue Sobol (Photo Credit: Steve McCurry)

The Arrivals and Departures series by Danish photographer Jacob Aue Sobol (born 1976), was produced during his trip from Moscow to Beijing, on the Trans-Siberian Railway. However, there were virtually no opportunities to take pictures along the way, and the atmosphere on the train did not live up to Sobol's expectations. Consequently, he decided to spend a couple of days respectively in Moscow, Ulaanbaatar, and Beijing. He was inspired by many new impressions and photographed landscapes, street scenes, and, above all, people he met at the time. Sobol's motifs are powerful and emotional; his portraits, in particular, seem radical and direct. 

Closely cropped, the images convey a familiarity and often intimate closeness with his new friends. For the photographer, the journey through Russia, Mongolia, and China was also a journey to his own self. At the same time, Sobol sees the motifs as an invitation to the viewer to consider the images as a reflection of one's own feelings.

For Sobol's expressive, high-contrast black and white imagery, revealed in his landscape motifs and portraits, the Leica M Monochrom, which he used for the first time in 2012, turned out to be the perfect travel companion. The photographer effortlessly succeeded in continuing to produce his unique, raw aesthetics, but now in digital format.

Current information on the opening hours of the exhibition “Arrivals and Departures" can be found on the Leica homepage:
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