Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have been working together since 2007 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of “slow journalism”.
Rob Hornstra (born in Borne, the Netherlands, 1975) is a photographer and self-publisher of slow-form documentary work. In addition to his work on The Sochi Project, he is also the founder and former artistic director of FOTODOK—Space for Documentary Photography.
Arnold Van Bruggen (born in Texel, the Netherlands, 1979) is a writer and filmmaker. He is the founder of the journalistic production agency Prospektor, and a cofounder, with Hornstra, of The Sochi Project.
Never before have the Olympic Games been held in a region that contrasts more strongly with the glamour of the event than Sochi. Just twenty kilometers away is the conflict zone Abkhazia. To the east the Caucasus Mountains stretch into obscure and impoverished republics such as North Ossetia and Chechnya. On the coast, old Soviet-era sanatoria stand shoulder to shoulder with the most expensive hotels and clubs of the Russian Riviera. By 2014 the area around Sochi will have been changed beyond recognition. Arnold Van Bruggen
The Sochi Project was released via installments in book form and online, each focusing on a particular facet of the story, the geography, the people, and their history.
8 1/2 x 10 3/8 inches | 392 pages | 287 four-color and black and white images | Hardcover | September 2015.