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Chasing Bears and Tales of Siberia
October 31, 2013   
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The new Leica Gallery at 3 Mysia St. in Warsaw opened Oct. 25 with an exhibition of work by talented Danish photographer Jacob Aue Sobol.

Sobol is regarded as one of the best contemporary photographers working in black and white. Unlike many other young photographers, he uses only traditional photographic film. He works for Magnum Photos, the legendary agency founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson after World War II. He is also a traveler who at the age of 23 abandoned his career to live the life of a fisherman in Greenland.

At the Leica Gallery, Sobol is exhibiting a project entitled Arrivals and Departures, which documents a trip he took on the Trans-Siberian Railway. He has produced a series of compelling and surprising images of Russia, Mongolia and China. Press reviewers have described his pictures as “emotionally naked.”

Going against the trend for digital photography, Sobol takes only analog pictures. He has a unique approach to his work, saying that he likes to be involved rather than just an observer. For instance, he joined Mongolian hunters as they were chasing a bear. His pictures capture the air of trust that resulted from the shared experience.

The exhibition at the Leica Gallery features 35 black-and-white photographs in which eroticism blends with a sense of danger and open Siberian landscapes are juxtaposed with close-ups of people.

Sobol has a number of awards under his belt, including the World Press Photo Award and the Leica European Publishers’ Award.

Until Nov. 17; Leica Gallery, 3 Mysia St., 3rd floor
Open daily 10 a.m.-11 p.m., free admission; www.leica-camera.pl
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