Jakob de Boer


JAKOB DE BOER  spent most of his professional life as a director and producer in film. Born and educated in Toronto, Canada he grew up traveling the world, as part of a family that produced world syndicated television. Jakob went on to study and earn a business degree at Western University and continued his studies in film at NYU.

Jakob’s photography stems from an early passion for constructing emotional images that communicate a story. His imagery, both in landscapes and portraits, seeks to stir our awareness. Each photograph is an invitation to personal discovery and reflection that leaves us somehow changed. Influenced by painters like John Singer Sargent, Vermeer and Caravaggio, Jakob spent years studying and deconstructing composition through their works. His work has also been influenced by filmmakers Ridley Scott, David lean and Hayao Miazaki and their use of imagery to evoke emotion and tell a story. Jakob has been a speaker most recently at PDN Photoplus in New York as well as the Leica Academy in Toronto, on the topic of "Capturing The Authentic Moment".
All of Jakob’s exhibition images are silver gelatin prints from a negative.





"Carrara is both beauty and tragedy in the same moment. More marble has been mined
here in the last 50 years than all the way back to the Renaissance.
I shot these images in June 2013; what you see here no longer exists today."


"The Tichka pass is considered one of the most dangerous roads in the world.Yet these roads
cut through one of the secrets of Morocco; the world of the Amazir, the first natives of
These mountains are alive with history and atmospheric play.
They are always speaking."


"One of the oldes inhabited cities in the world, Matera dates back 6000 years.
A refuge for monks during the crusades. A muse for poets and filmmakers today.
Matera's homes are burrowed into the hillside."


"To stand in the Quirang, is to stand in the world og F.R. Tolkien. It is a world
haunted by the weather, stories of Vikings and fiery warmth of scotch."


"While being famous for its canyons and valleys, the drama of Utah truly begins
to unfold when you stop moving. Then the world around you begins to move."


"They call it the city of the dying. All the youth have left, leaving only 12 perminant senior
residents. Year by year, erosion continues to claim the city walls leaving its future bleak."

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