Arrivals and Departures

It was a trip I had always wanted to take: the legendary journey along the Trans Siberian Railway. The whole idea of the project had been to meet people on the train and make intimate stories from the train compartments. But riding this ghost-train, I had to change the concept.

The intimate work had to come from my encounters with people in the cities and the train became the red thread connecting Moscow, Ulaanbaatar and Beijing. I had the greatest experience in Mongolia, when I ran into a group of Mongolian hunters who invited me to join them on a trip through the mountains that surround Ulaanbaatar. I immediately felt like putting the camera on a shelf and picking up the rifle. Every time I start a new project, I start shooting in color. If I can’t emotionally connect with my images, they mean nothing to me, and so I always return to black&white. I feel my images are able to create their own universe.

I admire all the people I take pictures of because they put themselves in a very vulnerable position. They trust me, and it is important for me that there’s a mutual understanding of this.

Jacob-Aue-Sobol Arrivals And Departures


Arrivals and Departures by Jacob Aue Sobol

Number of photo

37 images


Black and white


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Frame size

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Set Up

36 photos are printed on Canson Platine Rag 310 paper, assembled on Dibond.
1 photo [143 x200] is printed on plexyglass
Panels: intro, bio (text in appendix) and title, must be printed at the expense of the hosting organization.

Linear development

26 meters minimum required linear space.

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