Winter Print 2021
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm / 14.2 x 16.5 in) of a rocket in a park in Cherkessk (2008) is now available for only 158 euros excluding framing and shipping. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. This offer runs until 31 March 2021 (or sold out).
Together with Dutch journalist Jelle Brandt Corstius and a dramatic hangover I stroll through a typical huge Soviet city park called Zelyony Ostrov (Green Island). We are in Cherkessk, the capital of the North Caucasian republic of Karachay-Cherkessia. “Even for a small nation, the history of the Karachays is not very cheerful”, Jelle writes back home in his book about different small nations. Although it is summery and hot as hell, most attractions are out of service. Undoubtedly this has something to do with the technical state they are in.
The second-best job in the world is now available
Already before Corona I announced my departure at the KABK. My personal work ambitions can no longer be combined with the demanding job as co-head of the Photography Department at the KABK Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Due to Corona everything took longer than planned. It was an incredible privilege to be able to work with so many colorful, critical and talented colleagues and students. So here is the announcement of two great job vacancies!
Column FOTODOK Book Club on Cancel Fear
On December 3, during the FOTODOK Book Club, I spoke out a column with a retrospective on cancel issues in 2020 and a message for 2021: “Let’s put the hard rhetoric behind and make 2021 the year of a renewed openness to critical reflection, to nuance, to shades of grey, and also to forgiveness, to empathy for people who make mistakes. And especially to building a beautiful, diverse, inclusive art world together. With everyone. Also with people who make mistakes and want to do better.” Click on the link for a Dutch translation of the column on the website of FOTODOK. English version can be sent on request.
FOTODOK Book Club 22: Thomas Kuijpers, Robert Knoth, Marvel Harris, Heleen Peeters and more
After several postponements due to the Corona pandemic, the 22nd edition of the FOTODOK Book Club will take place next Thursday, December 3 from 8 - 9:30 pm in TivoliVredenburg Utrecht. Only 30 persons are allowed to be physically present (annual subscribers only). But.., this edition can also be viewed live online, anywhere in the world and from the comfort of your couch. You can purchase an access ticket for 5 euro via the link below. Language is English
Some brilliant books have appeared in the Netherlands in recent months. That is why we have titled this edition The Dutch Edition (ok, also a bit for corona reasons:). The spotlights will be on Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award nominee Hoarder Order by Thomas Kuijpers, Tree and Soil by Antoinette de Jong & Robert Knoth and the brand new Horse by Heleen Peters. Also in this brimming evening Marvel Harris’ first book Inner Journey, a column by Delphine Bedel, Louisiana van Onna designed a book with photos by Ed van der Elsken and of course favourite books of 2020!
Interview in Uit Agenda Utrecht about FOTODOK Book Club (in Dutch)
In the run-up to the upcoming edition of the FOTODOK Book Club next Thursday, Nynke van Spiegel has interviewed me for Utrecht UIT magazine (in Dutch). In two days will be the first time that you can watch comfortably in your couch anywhere in the world. The FOTODOK Book Club is a live event (also online) and you can purchase an access ticket for 5 euro via fotodok.org. The evening is in English.
The Europeans: Announcement next region
Because of continuing restrictions due to the Corona pandemic, we felt it sensible to look for an appropriate region not far from home to work on chapter three. We are extremely fortunate that in the months of February, September and October 2021 we will be able to use Het Pompgemaal in Den Helder, an artist-in-residence that is operated by the Mondriaan Foundation. We will not only use Het Pompgemaal to produce new work for The Europeans, but also to temporarily transform the space into The Europeans headquarters with exhibitions and activities in October 2021. Stay tuned.
Conversation with Brad Feuerhelm for Nearest Truth podcast
In episode #116 on photography podcast Nearest Truth, Brad Feuerhelm and I talked about publishing, education, some projects and else…
Launch of The Europeans second chapter The Black Country postponed
Earlier this year Arnold van Bruggen and I worked in The Black Country on the second chapter as part of The Europeans. The work wasn’t finished. We wanted to go back one more time to create a follow-up. And then Corona made its entry in Europe. A huge number of mandatory quarantine days back and forth makes The Black Country currently practically unattainable for us to work. The launch of the publication - which was scheduled for this autumn - has been postponed until the spring of 2021. Despite this delay, we intend to complete the second chapter soon in one of many Black Countries in Europe.
Help us to make this second publication of The Europeans happen and to keep the work accessible to a broad audience by adopting this region for €120. A unique numbered hardcover edition will be sent to you as a reward.
Haaretz newspaper (try to read this...)
Article in Israeli newspaper Haaretz. I guess it is about my Instagram account.
Podcast interview for The Standout Photographer
The Standout Photographer episode #23: Rob Hornstra on The Importance of Collaborating, Learning by Teaching, Renting Prints & Self Publishing. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or on your favourite podcast platform.
Talkshow: The Art of Politics at Breda Photo
I had the pleasure of joining Ed Kashi, Michal Iwanowski and Todd R Darling in the live talk show The Art of Politics, hosted by Jonathan Groubert during Breda Photo. The interview can be watched in its entirety via the link below.
Temporarily available: Autumn Print 2020
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm / 14.2 x 16.5 in) of a roundabout in Karachayevsk in 2008 is now available for only 158 euros excluding framing and shipping. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. This offer runs until 31 December 2020 (or sold out).
When we talk about the North Caucasus, most people think of republics like Chechnya, Dagestan or North Ossetia. Karachay-Cherkessia is less known. In 2008 I travelled to Karachay-Cherkessia together with Dutch journalist Jelle Brandt Corstius in order to understand more about small peoples with exotic names like the Karachays, the Cherkess, the Abazins, the Nogais and here and there some Kumyks. The latter live mainly in Dagestan, however they share the same incomprehensible language as the Karachays.
On the first day we pass Karachayevsk, the capital of the Karachay part, where mainly Islamic Karachays live. We shortly visit the mosque, which has just been completed. That turns out to be a good decision. While Jelle is listening to the imam talking about the brand-new chandelier made in China, I photograph the stunning view of the adjoining roundabout that connects three roads to different peoples.
Instagram @robhornstra in New York Times
Five Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now (according to New York Times). Please click on the link to read and check the other accounts.
The Europeans at Forum on European Culture
17.09.2020 - 20.09.2020
From 17 to 20 September 2020, Forum on European Culture will take place for the third time in De Balie Amsterdam. Forum on European Culture is a biennial forum on the strength, impact and value of art and culture for Europe. Work from our first chapter The Former Capital will be shown on the ground floor of De Balie. In addition, as part of this event, posters and stories of The Europeans will be displayed at various cultural institutions such as Stadsschouwburg, European Cultural Foundation and Athenaeum Boekhandel.
The Europeans at BredaPhoto
09.09.2020 - 25.10.2020
Once again, Corona forced us, writer Arnold van Bruggen, designers Kummer & Herrman and me, to come up with an alternative exhibition for The Europeans. And to be honest, we like! From the start of BredaPhoto, posters of Europeans are all over Breda behind windows and on panels crisscrossing the city. If you see one, scan the QR code for the story behind the photo. And if you live in Breda, please sign up for a poster via the link below, so that we all together can transform the streets of Breda into a grand BredaPhoto The Europeans museum!
Temporarily available: Summer Print 2020
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm / 14.2 x 16.5 in) of Mikhail Filipovich Frolov in Sochi is now available for only 158 euros excluding framing and shipping. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. This offer runs until 30 September 2020 (or sold out).
Mikhail Filipovich Frolov, eighty-eight years old, grew up in Minsk and later in Siberian Krasnoyarsk. “I grew up in freezing cold. When I was sent to the Polish front during the Great Patriotic War, I was used to it. Soldiers who grew up in Azerbaijan had a fever more quickly”. After being wounded four times during the war, Frolov served in the army until he was 39 years old. He was able to retire thanks to the right connections. “I always dreamed of staying and growing old in Siberia, until I discovered the beauty of Sochi during a stay in a sanatorium. The trees are more beautiful here than in Siberia.” Frolov has been living permanently in Sochi since the early 1980s.
Man Next Door in public screening Prato (Italy)
Rob Hornstra è il sesto autore di questa nuova edizione di ULTRA//THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE. Con Man Next Door esamina la stigmatizzazione della classe operaia di Utrecht offrendo allo stesso tempo una rara visione della vita del suo vicino di casa Kid. Vi aspettiamo il 31 Luglio in Corte Genova a Prato
Very last copies Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land
Everything comes to an end. So does the stock of our book Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land. In 2010 writer Arnold van Bruggen and I made the first edition of the book, which to our surprise quickly sold out. Three years later - in 2013 - we returned to Abkhazia, among other things to investigate whether a second edition of the book was actually relevant. Against all the fine promises of politicians from Russia and Abkhazia, the country turned out to be virtually unchanged. We decided to make a second edition of the book, replacing some photos with a remake we made during our stay in 2013. Few people noticed.
As a tribute to the almost sold out book and because we desperately miss Abkhazia and its inhabitants, I am currently featuring a series of fifteen precious images from the series Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land on my Instagram account. If you want to order one of the last copies, please click on the link below.
The Europeans in GUP Magazine
Sixteen pages on our new project The Europeans in the latest issue of GUP Magazine, loaded with a great interview by Daniel Boetker-Smith plus visual reporting on The Europeans.
Spring Print 2020
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm / 14.2 x 16.5 in) of school children in Krasny Vostok is now available for only 158 euros excluding framing and shipping. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. This offer runs until 30 June 2020 (or sold out).
I took this photo of schoolchildren after lunch during our first visit to Krasny Vostok in 2009. It is one of the last pictures before we were evicted from the village. While it started as a promising day. After an extensive tour by a talkative WWII veteran in the local school museum we were told that the harvest festival was about to start. Around us children were running around dressed as cucumbers, onions and carrots. Until a typical math teacher - colouring glasses and sweat stains under the armpits - angrily walks at the principal and swears that foreigners are not allowed to be in the school building. The principal calls the mayor, the mayor calls local authorities, local authorities call Moscow and the final answer is always: Get out! And thus a positive story about the difficult resurrection of an energetic village with cheerful children changed again into a story about Russian paranoia and xenophobia.
Online talk at Kaunas Gallery
On May 28 (Thursday), 5 p.m. conversation with the authors of the exhibition and the accompanying publication “The Former Capital” – photographer Rob Hornstra and writer Arnold van Bruggen will be broadcasted live on Kaunas Photography Gallery Facebook account. The conversation will be held in English, later the Lithuanian translation will be added to the recording.
Exhibition The Former Capital in Kaunas Gallery (in real life)
12.05.2020 - 14.06.2020
One month ago our first region exhibition The Former Capital was postponed due to Corona. We immediately recreated the exhibition in the virtual world using the digital exhibition platform Artsteps. So far, 14K people visited our online exhibition space. Then suddenly the positive news arrived that the ‘real’ exhibition was allowed to start. And so the exhibition was reconstructed from the virtual world into the real world. The exhibition in Kaunas Gallery will last until 14 June 2020. The one at Artsteps infinite (to visit via our website www.theeuropeans.fm).
Man Next Door in Foam Magazine
In the most recent issue of FOAM Magazine, 16 pages are devoted to Man Next Door, the project about my neighbour who - after a turbulent life - drowned in the Utrecht canal in 2013. You can find more about the project under Stories on my website. The link below directs you to the website of Foam Magazine, where you can order single copies.
Man Next Door in BJP series Great works made from home
As most people - like photographers - have to stay at home, the British Journal of Photography has smartly started a series entitled ‘Great works made from home’. Man Next Door, the series about my early deceased neighbour Kid, is featured in the second episode. From the article: ‘For those of us experiencing extended periods of isolation, the project also takes on a new significance, emphasising the importance of checking in on our neighbours and those in need.’
Join me on Instagram Live @aperturefnd
Join me tomorrow (Saturday) May 9th, 2020 at 8 pm (CET) / 2 pm (CDT) on Instagram Live for a conversation between Lesley A. Martin and me about photobooks and much more!
Europe Day Online Festival
09.09.2020 - 29.05.2020
Work from The Europeans is part of the online edition of Europe Day 2020, organised by our partner European Cultural Foundation. A series of windows to experience Europe. The festival lasts until 29 May, after that the website will go offline.
LIMITED: Special Edition The Former Capital
One month after the launch of our first region publication The Former Capital, only a few copies of the Special Edition are still available. Make sure you buy it before they are all gone! It’s an incredibly beautiful mainly handmade signed and numbered edition including print of your choice (!) at a very reasonable price. And yes, last but not least, you big time support the continuation of our new project The Europeans Project!
The Europeans featured on Another Observer
One month ago I was approached by a bloke named Dan Briston, who asked if he could write an article about the work of Arnold van Bruggen and me for his website Another Observer. Yesterday he reported that the article had been published. Well, article… Better a comprehensive essay of more than 5,000 words dealing with almost every topic related to the creation of slow journalism projects like content, organizational structure, funding, social media, photographic style, visual referencing, online exhibitions and yes, even critical comments. Thank you Dan!
First virtual exhibition (not) in Kaunas Gallery
We are genuinely surprised by the success of our first virtual exhibition. In one month, more than 8,000 people visited the exhibition. If you also want to visit the exhibition, click on the link (desktop) or download the artsteps app (which also allows you to look in VR).
Article in Dutch newspaper Het Parool
Article about our online exhibition (in Dutch): “Met een VR-bril op heb je het gevoel dat je er echt bent, maar de ervaring zonder bril is ook de moeite waard. Door de cursor te bewegen kun je door de galerie ‘lopen’ en foto’s aanklikken voor extra informatie. Op een tafeltje staan twee boeken uitgestald: een speciale en een budgeteditie van dit eerste hoofdstuk van het project, te koop in de webwinkel. Buiten is er een steegje dat naar de zee leidt. Het is een grappige verwijzing naar The Sochi Project die alleen online mogelijk is; midden in Litouwen kijk je uit over de Zwarte Zee.”
Support from European Cultural Foundation (ECF)
The Europeans is a multi-year storytelling project that cannot exist without financial support. Fortunately, there are people who support our work and help tremendously by adopting a region. They provide the foundation for our work, for which we are infinitely grateful. In order to be able to continue the project, we are also reliant on grants and sponsors. And that’s the reason why we are delighted to announce that the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) has committed to the project with an intention for five years. With the only task for us of continuing to create stories in our own way and occasionally sharing them through their distribution channels. Thank you ECF!
The Former Capital now available from Photoeye.com
Of course I don’t want to discourage you from ordering the first regional publication of The Europeans through my online store, however, in case you live in America or Canada it might be more convenient to buy from the US bookstore photoeye.com.
Interview in daily newspaper De Volkskrant (in Dutch)
Article by Merel Bem in Dutch daily newspaper De Volkskrant on the occasion of our virtual exhibition The Former Capital: Virtueel wandelen door een Litouwse galerie mét Zwarte Zee.
De Volkskrants tip van de dag (Dutch).
Our virtual exhibition is de Volkskrant tip of the day for an online doses of art and culture: The Europeans is the intended successor to the renowned The Sochi Project, which among other things developed new ways of presenting documentary photography. For The Europeans, local partners, newspapers and galleries were sought all over Europe. In Lithuania, the first regional publication The Former Capital was to be launched this week, at the same time as the opening of a similar named exhibition in the Kaunas Gallery in Kaunas, the country’s second largest city. This will not happen, but the makers have now created the exhibition online, by virtually recreating the gallery space, including the square in the heart of Kaunas, where the gallery is located.
Our exhibition is also in Virtual Reality!
If you have VR goggles or Google Cardboard at home, you can visit our exhibition The Former Capital in VR. How does it work? Very simple. Download the free app Artsteps on your phone and open the app. Click on ‘guest’ and scroll to the right. After a few exhibitions you will see The Former Capital by The Europeans. You can choose whether you just want to watch in 2D or watch in VR, so that you really feel like you’re in space. Have fun!
First regional publication
The Former Capital
now for sale
The Former Capital is the first regional publication of The Europeans, the new multi-year project by Arnold van Bruggen and Rob Hornstra. The Former Capital is a region where in the wake of newfound independence, nationalism and militarism are on the rise. The search for a strong, own identity is strengthened by a stagnating economy and the consequences of depopulation. The surge of globalism, open borders and a new morality often clashes with those clinging to the values of the conservative class.
Launch of exhibition and publication The Former Capital (not cancelled)
An endless number of art events have been cancelled worldwide due to the Coronavirus. Also the launch of our regional publication / exhibition The Former Capital - programmed on April 2 - was postponed. Transport of exhibition and books was already on its way.
After digesting the setback and with help from our partner Kummer & Herrman, we decided to work hard on recreating the exhibition online, exactly like we imagined it to be. When you put on VR glasses, you almost feel like you’re there. But without VR glasses you can also go inside.
And so the launch of the publication and exhibition The Former Capital is still a reality on the intended day. A local audience can now still visit the exhibition. However, also the rest of the world can take a look. The Coronavirus is forcing us to follow new paths. Who knows this may lead to beautiful and surprising insights.
You can visit our exhibition from behind your computer screen by following the link below or via the Artsteps app on your phone and in VR.
The Europeans Gallery Prints
As of today, a number of works from The Europeans are for sale as well as available in Photo Rental. The starting price of a 42 x 51 cm framed work in an edition of 6 + 1 AP is €975 including VAT. More information about editions and prices is available on request. Renting the same work will cost you €9.50 per month. Additional benefit, if you decide to purchase the work after the rental period is over, the paid rent will be deducted from the sales price.
Last weekend to get your name mentioned in Special Hardcover Edition of The Former Capital
As many of you know by now, Arnold van Bruggen and I have embarked on a new multi-year venture entitled The Europeans. In the coming years we plan to document about twenty heartland regions and in the past few months we have made an incredible amount of new work. Now our first official presentation moment is approaching: The launch of the first regional publication including exhibition on 2 April, of course in the region where the work was created: The Former Capital!
And you can help us. This weekend is the last moment to adopt the first chapter AND get your name mentioned in the special hardcover edition of the upcoming first chapter publication ‘The Former Capital’.
By adopting a region you make it possible for us to pursue this multi-year project, but also you help us to fulfill our ambition to keep the sales price of the trade edition accessible to a broad audience.
FOTODOK Book Club 21: Marina Caneve, Jack Latham and Paolo Woodsand more
And the three guests/books for the upcoming FOTODOK Book Club on 5 February 2020 are: Jack Latham with Parliaments of Owls, Marine Caneve with Are they rocks or clouds? and Paolo Woods with State.
Jack Latham can not be missed during this edition, as I had chosen his book as the best photo book of 2019. Marina Caneve’s book also ranked high on the same list. She graduated in 2018 with the eponymous project in dummy form that immediately won prizes. The final book came out more than a year later. And although Paolo Woods’ book is a bit older, I’ve wanted him in the FOTODOK Book Club already for a long time because of his unconventional ideas regarding reaching audiences. Last but not least, also Koen Suidgeest is coming to explain how he sold more than 6000 copies of his first photo book Why I Cry On Airplanes.
Winter Print 2020 (sold out)
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm / 14.2 x 16.5 in) of former lieutenant colonel of the KGB Nikolay Felipovich Khokhlov is now available for only 158 euros excluding framing and shipping. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. This offer runs until 31 March 2020 (or sold out).
Nikolay Felipovich Khokhlov - 89 years old - has worked for the secret service all of his working life. He started at a young age during the Second World War, where he visited hospitals in the region around Krasnoyarsk searching for soldiers who had injured themselves on the way to the front in order to avoid the war. During his career with the KGB he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and transferred to Sochi. There he became responsible for spying on foreigners. “If you’d walked around Sochi at that time, you can be sure I’d have been watching you every minute of every day,” he laughs.
Out of office
14.01.2020 - 26.01.2020
The Europeans in British Journal of Photography
A nice story about our new project The Europeans. Thanks to The British Journal of Photography!
Where the staggering ambition of The Europeans is striking, this extends further than the breadth of its subject matter alone. As with The Sochi Project, commitment lies here in Hornstra and Van Bruggen’s intention that their work should transcend the confines of the photography world and have an impact on society at large – beyond the echo chambers of those who already see and think like them – connecting and working closely with countless Europeans along the way.
My end-of-year contribution to countless Favourite Photo Book lists 2019
It’s listmas time again in the world of photobooks! The time of year when everyone feels the need to share what his or her favourite photo book of the past year was. I love photo books and I love lists, so I can’t resist publishing my own list. My favorite of favorites 2019 can be found at photoeye.com and the complete list is now available at photobookstore.co.uk magazine.
Note: Lucas Leffler, author of one of my favorite books, will be a guest at the FOTODOK Book Club in TivoliVredenburg on Thursday night. Besides other great bookmakers including Cristina DeMiddel (Afronauts!). Buy your ticket now using the link below.
Every Saturday The Europeans in local newspaper Kauno Diena
One of many ambitions Arnold and I have in our new project The Europeans is that we want to use our work to engage people in the heartland regions where we work. We do this for example by first launching our region publication during an exhibiting in a local gallery. In addition, we are trying to team up with a local newspaper, in order to reach a wider audience than just cultural enthusiasts. In the first region where we worked, this has led to a great partnership with the local newspaper Kauno Diena. Every week until the opening of the exhibition at the beginning of April 2020, they publish a full-page portrait from our project in the Saturday issue. The Former Capital is starting to warm up!
Check out new works in the Photo Rental
Lately I have added quite some new works - that have come back from exhibitions - to the Photo Rental. Like for example this work of 80 x 96 cm. (31.5 x 37.8 in.) from 2013 of the Georgian_Russian Friendship Monument in Gudauri. I also expect new photos to be added in the near future. Please follow the link below to discover how easy it works.
Trigger Magazine on IMPACT
I was lucky to play a small role in the creation of this magazine, which, in my opinion, is about the greatest challenge photographers are facing: How do you trigger impact? I would like to applaud editors, authors and others who have worked so hard on it. Wonderful job! More of this please!
Buy this Christmas card leporello and support The Europeans
Looking for CHRISTMAS CARDS and also tired of romantic white snowflakes, fairytale Christmas trees or Rudolph the red nosed reindeer? The Sochi Project produced a leporello with six large size Christmas cards depicting Christmas decorations all over the Caucasus. In an attempt to make people think a little more about those places where people celebrate Christmas in less fortunate conditions. By buying anything from The Sochi Project, you support our new adventure The Europeans.
Workshop DIY Storytelling in Warsaw, Poland
In collaboration with The Fort Institute of Photography I will teach my workshop Do-It-Yourself-Storytelling in Warsaw, Poland during the weekend of 23 and 24 November 2019. It’s the only workshop I’m doing this year. The next opportunity will come at the earliest at the end of 2020. Application deadline is next Sunday November 3, 2019 via the website of The Fort Institute of Photography (link below).
The Europeans in Slanted Magazine
Our first publication of work from our new project The Europeans: The Black Country in Slanted Magazine, which is entirely dedicated to Europe for this issue. You can order the magazine via the link below.
Temporarily available: Autumn Print 2019
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm / 14.2 x 16.5 in) of a girl in a kommunalka in Chelyabinsk is now available for only 150 euros excluding framing and shipping. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. This offer runs until 31 December 2019.
In 2003 I travelled for a month across Chelyabinsk region in the Russian Ural. Andrey, a befriended student who often accompanied me, took me to his family in a typical kommunalka; an apartment building where several families share one apartment. Everywhere people were hanging around in dark corridors and haphazardly I started making portraits of whoever I met.
FOTODOK Book Club 19: Samuel Fosso, Lebohang Tlali, Ilvy Njiokiktjien and more
On Thursday October 3, 2019, the 19th edition of the FOTODOK Book Club will take place in Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. In this edition the focus is mainly on the African continent. I am very proud that one of Central Africa’s leading contemporary artists, photographer Samuel Fosso, is with us to talk about his upcoming publication Autoportrait, that’s going to be published by Steidl. Photographer Lebohang Tlali will talk about the project that originated after he discovered the photobook Welcome in South Africa (1991) in which Dutch photographer Ad van Denderen and writer Margalith Kleijwegt documented the last days of apartheid. Our own Utrecht Ilvy Njiokiktjien talks about her book Born Free about young people who were born after the end of apartheid in South Africa. And Ben Krewinkel will tell something about Africa in the Photobook. We also have Theo Derksen as our guest with his new book Disneyfication and Csilla Klenyánszki, whose book Pillars of Home is nominated for the prestigious Aperture Paris Photo First Book Award. So much in an hour and a half live talk show!
Donation to WECF from the proceeds of sold Summer Prints 2019
On each sold Summer Print 2019, I had promised that I would donate 10 euros to Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF), a NGO that support local activists and stands for an ecofeminist tomorrow. Thanks to a sold-out Summer Print, I was able to donate 250 euros today.
Introduction newspaper The Europeans
If you’ve been to Unseen Amsterdam, you’ve most likely seen our free introductory newspaper or maybe even brought it home with you. In the near future we will try to distribute the newspaper as much as possible through selected organisations such as FOTODOK Utrecht, Photoq Bookstore Amsterdam, Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol or events such as Paris Photo and the FOTODOK Book Club. Also, a free newspaper will be included with every order in my online store.
Only 4 left:
Summer Print 2019
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This exclusive handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm / 14.2 x 16.5 in) of Nikolay Semilitov in Muslyumovo in Russia is now available for only 150 euros excluding framing and shipping. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25.
In 2004 I graduated with a book entitled ‘Communism & Cowgirls’. On the back of the book was this portrait of Nikolay Andreyevich Semilitov, which I made of him with my large-format camera while he patiently waited on the side of his bed. He lived in a small one-room apartment in Muslyumovo, one of the villages I visited in the region that had been severely affected by nuclear pollution.
Temporary website The Europeans online
Since the launch of The Europeans during Unseen Amsterdam, our website TheEuropeans.fm is also online. This temporary website is intended to provide information during the start-up phase of the project. And, because also this project depends on supporters, ways to support us in accomplishing this ambitious project. We hope to be able to transform TheEuropeans.fm into a narrative website after the completion of the first chapters in 2020.
Introduction The Europeans at Unseen Amsterdam
On Saturday 21 September 2019 Arnold van Bruggen and I will give a short introduction on our new project The Europeans during Unseen Amsterdam. Join us for fun and freebies.
The Europeans in Het Parool
Announcement of our new project The Europeans and launch at Unseen Book Market in daily newspaper Het Parool.
Interview Kauno Diena
Our first interview in connection with The Europeans was recently published on the website of local newspaper cum collaborative partner Kauna Diena.
The start-up of a new project:
The Europeans by Arnold van Bruggen and Rob Hornstra
Excerpt from grant application: “Europe is at a crossroads. The dissatisfied are more powerful than ever, pushing the united Europe into the forefront of drastic measures. This is precisely why this is the moment for an extensive time document in the tradition of Robert Frank’s The Americans or Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Les Européens. In Les Européens, Cartier-Bresson looked beyond nationalism or local customs to find evidence for a greater identity, a European resemblance shared by the people and the landscape. Arnold and I feel inspired by this ambition and want to create a time document of a continent that seems to be prelude to rigorous change.”
I am happy to announce that in the coming months I will have the opportunity to fully focus on setting up a new long-term project: The Europeans. To make that happen, I will be leaving my current job as co-head of the Photography Department at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK), for a while. In collaboration with The Sochi Project team Arnold van Bruggen and Kummer & Herrman, we will be using this period to determine the viability and ultimate form of the project. Within this start-up period we will produce, publish and exhibit the first two chapters of the multi-chapter project in collaboration with the Kaunas Photography Gallery (Europe) and Multistory in the Black Country (Europe). The start-up phase of The Europeans is generously supported by the Mondriaan Fund.
Spring Print 2019 (sold out)
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This exclusive handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm / 14.2 x 16.5 in) of Sverrir’s garden in Iceland is now available for only 150 euros excluding framing and shipping. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. This offer runs until 30 June 2019. Update: Sold out!
I took this picture in 2005 at the Holmur farm when I was working on the series Roots of the Rúntur. The owner of the dilapidated estate is sixty-six-year-old Sverrir Valdimarsson. He is proud of the long family history of the estate and sees it as his duty to preserve it for the future.
FOTODOK Book Club 17: Laia Abril, Guy Martin and Jonas Bendiksen
Here we go again! The fifth season of the FOTODOK Book Club kicks off with The Power Edition and contains conversations with an amazing trio of photobook makers. Spanish Laia Abril comes to talk about her book On Abortion, recently winner of the prestigious Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation’s Photobook of the Year Award. I’ll talk to Guy Martin about The Parallel State, a story about power, authoritarianism, and the theatrics of politics. And Jonas Bendiksen comes to tell more about his latest book The Last Testament, for which he traveled all over the world to meet and photograph 7 men that believe they are the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
A single ticket for a Book Club costs €11.00 (students €5.50) and can be purchased via the website of TivoliVredenburg. For €32.50 you become a member for a year, meaning you are guaranteed a seat in all four episodes and you receive 10% discount on the books on the table and of course, you support the FOTODOK Book Club. More information via FOTODOK.
Open Day at Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK)
As most people will know by now, next to being a photographer, I am also co-head of the BA Photography - full-time and part-time - and the MA Photography & Society at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK). As we are an international academy with over 50% foreign students, all our lessons are taught in English. If you are considering studying Photography, you are more than welcome to join the Open Day at the KABK in Den Haag on Saturday 26 January 2019 from 10 am until 5 pm. And if you don’t plan to study photography, but just want to know what we do, please also drop by for a drink or a talk. The day is packed with opportunities to attend interviews, have your portfolio reviewed, follow guest lessons and workshops, talk to students and teachers or to simply look around and see work of the leading photographers of the future. Hope to see you there! Photo by Frederik Klanberg.
Interview in Brazilian Revista Old
Extensive interview with the great magazine Revista Old. If you understand the next sentence, you are most likely able to read the full interview: Rob Hornstra é o entrevistado da OLD Nº 75. Conversamos com ele sobre sua trajetória, mudanças na fotografia documental e seu interesse pelas publicações fotográficas.
Winter Print 2019
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This exclusive handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm / 14.2 x 16.5 in) of boys listening to music next to their Lada is now available for only 150 euros excluding framing and shipping. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. This offer runs until 31 March 2019.
In 2007 I traveled to Abkhazia for the first time, together with colleagues #tomaskaan and @arnold_vanbruggen. A bit lost we walk around in the center of the capital Sukhumi. Now and then a car screeches past. There is no middle ground between luxury Mercedes and BMWs, and the most dilapidated Ladas, Volgas and trolley buses. A group of boys is hanging around an old Lada. Loud music emanates from the sound system. ‘We don’t have much else to do,’ they say. ‘Sukhumi is deadly boring.’
Next FOTODOK Book Club sold out
It was somewhat foreseeable, but this last edition of the fourth season of the FOTODOK Book Club sold out in a few days. If you would like to be considered for the waiting list, please contact FOTDOK (not me). The photographers participating in this 16th edition are Dana Lixenberg with her new publication Tupac Biggie, Bryan Schutmaat with Good Goddamn and Martin Parr with Beach Therapy.
De FOTODOK Book Club is a live talk show in which interviews with makers of photo books are interluded with extraordinary trivia and tips for lovers and collectors. Since its inception in a dark basement four years ago, FOTODOK’s Book Club has relocated several times and grown into crowded evenings for a broad audience in Tivoli Vredenburg.
FOTODOK Book Club 16th Edition
Thursday December 6, 2018 from 8 until 9:30 pm
Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht
Man Next Door in Dummy Magazine
My project Man Next Door has been published over 12 pages in the amazing German Dummy Magazine: “Als ihn Hornstra über jahre immer wieder mit der Kamera besuchte, entstand die Dokumention einer vielschichtigen Persönlichkeit”
Temporarily available: Autumn Print 2018
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This exclusive handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm) of children in a refugee shelter in Ingushetia is now available for only 148 euros excluding framing and shipping. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. This offer runs until 31 December 2018.
Milana, Rizvan, and Ravida were born as refugees. Their father fled from the Prigorodny District in North Ossetia to Ingushetia and found shelter in a communal building that had previously housed prisoners carrying out community service. The other refugees are slowly drifting away, allowing the Dezaurov family to take over their vacant rooms instead of being confined to the single room in which they had lived until recently.
Man Next Door announced Runner-Up in Solo Awards Vancouver
Very excited to hear that Man Next Door is announced as one of two Runners-Up in the Fotofilmic Solo VI Exhibition Award. Congrats to the award winner Matthew Barbarino!
Man Next Door featured during Instagram Takeover Photocaptionist
From 22 to 28 October 2018 I will take over the Instagram account from Photocaptionist. In 21 posts I will tell the story Man Next Door, with backgrounds that have never been highlighted before.
FOTODOK Book Club 15: Lewis Bush, Rein Jelle Terpstra and Jan Banning
The 15th edition of the FOTODOK Book Club will feature amazing and in some cases controversial books and makers like The Sweating Subject by Jan Banning, Shadows of the State by Lewis Bush and Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train - The People’s View by Rein Jelle Terpstra. Laura Cnossen, who told about her graduation dummy Love Klink in an earlier edition, explains why her dummy recently has been published by the English publisher Here Press.
De FOTODOK Book Club is a live talk show in which interviews with makers of photo books are interluded with extraordinary trivia and tips for lovers and collectors. Since its inception in a dark basement four years ago, FOTODOK’s Book Club has relocated several times and grown into crowded evenings for a broad audience in Tivoli Vredenburg.
FOTODOK Book Club 15th Edition
Thursday October 4, 2018 from 8 until 9:30 pm
Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht
Summer Print 2018 runs until
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This exclusive handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm) of a frozen vessel in Siberia is now available for only 148 euros excluding framing and shipping. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. This offer runs until 30 September 2018.
The Summer Print 2018 features two girls portrayed in a park in Chelyabinsk at the end of May 2003. I was there to produce a series for my Graduation from the art academy. A selection of that work has been published in my graduation book Communism & Cowgirls. Recently, for the first time in fifteen years, I started looking back at that archive. The largest part of the work consists of portraits of unknown people in the public space. Together with Kominek Books I am working on compiling a selection from this archive, which we want to publish in a book titled The Unknown. This photo is part of that selection.
FOTODOK's Book Club - The Special Edition @ Unseen Amsterdam
After an intense day of serious roaming, searching, browsing and chatting, we’re there! The guests for FOTODOK’s Book Club - The Special Edition at Unseen Amsterdam are: Todd Hido, Rafal Milach and Ania Nalecka, Mafalda Rakos and Wendy Marijnissen. Better be on time. The number of seats is limited, and available on first come first served basis. Start today at 13:45. Follow link for more information.
FOTODOK's Book Club on Tour @ Unseen Amsterdam
During Unseen Amsterdam there will be a Special Edition of the FOTODOK Book Club in the intimate ‘Annex - Leidinghuis’ for a limited number of people. This edition will take place on Saturday 22 September 2018 from 13:45 - 15:00. The guests will be announced one evening in advance via Instagram accounts of FOTODOK, Unseen Amsterdam and myself. Seats are available on first come first served basis.
Dates of the next two editions of FOTODOK's Book Club
On Thursday October 4th and December 6th, the next editions of the FOTODOK Book Club will take place in Tivoli Vredenburg. If you want to know more about books and guests to expect or to buy a ticket, please click on the link below. Confirmed guests on October 4th are Jan Banning and Lewis Bush. More soon.
Man Next Door shortlisted for Photo Text Book Award
My latest book about my neighbour Kid has been shortlisted for the 2018 Photobook Award at Rencontres d’Arles. Man Next Door examines the stigmatisation of the working class while offering a rare insight into the life of a working-class Utrecht boy.
Graduation Festival at
KABK, The Hague
Very proud on this bunch of students who just graduated from the Photography department at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK). With projects ranging from crooked cucumbers to the community in Junction Boulevard New York. Come and see their fascinating projects during the graduation festival. Follow the link for more information on the program.
Spring Print 2018
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This exclusive handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm) of a frozen vessel in Siberia is now available for only 148 euros excluding framing and shipping. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. This offer runs until 30 June 2018.
The Spring Print of a frozen vessel is made early 2008 in the bend of river Angara that meanders through the Siberian city of Irkutsk. Irkutsk is the most important economic centre in East Siberia and famous for the Trans-Siberian Railway that stops here. Ten years ago, I travelled to the Russian Urals and Siberia, among other places, as part of my project 101 Billionaires. Far away from the glitter and glamour of Moscow, 101 Billionaires portrayed the vast majority of other Russia.
Update June 13, 2018: The Spring Print sold out.
Workshop Do-It-Yourself Storytelling in Valencia, Spain
Workshop for photographers, designers and storytellers who wish to learn how to construct and present long-term photography projects. This workshop is about creating freedom to do what YOU want to do: Make stories and present them in the way you wish by finding the right audience and funds. Sign up before March 30, 2018 via link below.
Talk The Sochi Project at MuVIM in Valencia, Spain
On Friday April 13, 2018 at 7 pm I will do a talk about The Sochi Project at the Museu Valencià de la Il·lustració i la Modernitat. Hope to see you there.
FOTODOK Book Club 14: Andrew Phelps, Christian van der Kooy and Robin de Puy
Very much looking forward to the 14th edition of the FOTODOK Book Club, starting at 8 pm on April 5, 2018 in Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht. It promises to be an exciting evening with fabulous books made by Andrew Phelps & Paul Kranzler (The Drake Equation), Christian van der Kooij (Anastasiia) and Robin de Puy (Randy). Tivoli Vredenburg is located next to Utrecht Central Station. Buy your ticket via the link below.
Talk in Manchester (UK)
I’ll do a public talk on The Sochi Project at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) on 27 February 2018 from 18:30 until 20:00.
Last week of Man Next Door at Centraal Museum Utrecht
Three months ago, the book Man Next Door was launched during the opening of the exhibition of the same project at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. It was a great kick off in the presence of many friends and family of my former neighbour Kid, the protagonist of the project. Since its launch, many media have paid attention to the work, from local television to national radio and international magazines. Newspapers such as De Volkskrant and Libération selected the book among their favourite photo books 2017. The book stock is running at its end and the exhibition is almost over. Only one more week, to be seen until 4 March in the Centraal Museum Utrecht.
MA Photography & Society at KABK Royal Academy of Art The Hague
Article at British Journal of Photography about the brand new MA Photography & Society starting in September 2018 and lead by Lotte Sprengers, Donald Weber, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin and myself (with others soon to be added): “Understanding and taking responsibility for the impact that an image can have once it is released into the world is a central focus of the MA”.
Live talkshow with Donald Weber, Eddo Hartmann and Rob Hornstra
On Tuesday 13 February 2018 Pakhuis De Zwijger in Amsterdam organizes the live talk show Fotokroniek, focusing on contemporary documentary photography and storytelling through photo books. Guest are Donald Weber, Eddo Hartmann and Rob Hornstra.
Review Man Next Door in NRC newspaper
Exhibition review in Dutch daily newspaper NRC: “Hornstra documented their close relationship and decided not to create a sentimental monument after Kid’s death. His life was not adequate for this due to its enormous sadness. Instead he gave him a great, dignified salute. In the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, this salute - Man Next Door - can now be seen in all its objective sensitivity.”
Man Next Door featured on online platform It's Nice That
Article on Man Next Door featured on It’s Nice That: “Designed as both a publication and a scrolling timeline on Rob’s website, the photographs categorise his time spent with Kid from 2007 until his unfortunate passing in 2013. While some of Rob’s photographs are difficult to look at upon learning the full story of Kid’s unsettled life, being shocking never appears to be the aim. Instead, the subtle hints at someone unstable make you think about how easily life can spiral downwards from one misunderstanding or mistake.”
Interview plus Sochi Singers on Allaccess
Interview and photo series Sochi Singers being featured on ALLACCESS-ONSTAGE, a digital platform focused on the visual side of music.
Review Man Next Door on CPM
Book review by Joerg Colberg at Conscientious Photography Magazine: “Whatever you might want to say about Kid, he was a man in need, and when society was unable to provide for those needs, there was not going to be a happy ending. Seen that way, Man Next Door amplifies the humanism that underlies all of Rob’s work, a humanism a bit masked by the style of photography and the intensely smart storytelling, with its many different devices.”
The FOTODOK Book Club has moved to Tivoli Vredenburg
There we go again! On February 1,2018 at 8 pm, the thirteenth edition of the FOTODOK Book Club takes place with wonderful guests AND we have moved again! In order to make the Book Club more accessible - also for visitors from outside Utrecht - we have decided to move to Tivoli/Vredenburg, a stone’s throw away from Utrecht Central Station. (Feels like a kind of coming home to me as I worked there for ten years as a bartender / host to finance my Photography studies and the start of my professional career.)
The books in this edition of the Book Club are about the aftermath of a conflict: The Egyptian Revolution in 2011 (As It May Be by Bieke Depoorter), The Bosnian War in the early nineties (Lost Takes by Tobias Bijl) and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Stone by Ad van Denderen). Of course, all books are available for viewing or buying and authors are there to sign your new acquisitions.
Winter Print 2018
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This exclusive handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm) of young wrestlers in Abkhazia is now available for only 145 euros excluding framing and shipping. Once the season is over, the image is no longer reprinted. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. This offer runs until 31 March 2018.
Wrestling is not only popular in the North Caucasus, but also in neighboring Abkhazia. These boys train in a room in the cultural centre of Tkuarchal. If they aspire to international competitions, the question remains whether they can ever participate under their own Abkhazian flag. The Olympics authorities have forbidden Abkhazian athletes from competing under their own colors.
Update February 9, 2018: The Winter Print sold out.
Workshop DIY storytelling in Centraal Museum Utrecht
UPDATE: Fully booked
Three years ago I organised my first two-day workshop Do-it-yourself storytelling in my home town of Utrecht. The current exhibition of my new project Man Next Door in the Centraal Museum is a good occasion for a reprise. The workshop will take place in the Centraal Museum educational room adjacent to the Man Next Door exhibition. Both days will conclude with a guest lecturer’s contribution: On Friday Donald Weber will arrange a crash course in grant writing and on Saturday Arnold van Bruggen about online publishing. Afterwards drinks in a local pub.
The workshop is fully booked. Click on the link below to be placed on the waiting list.
Last week of exhibition in Rijksmuseum Twenthe
Last week for The Sochi Project exhibition The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova and the North Caucasus in Rijksmuseum Twenthe. The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova paints a grim yet compelling picture of the North Caucasus. In 2007, Khava’s husband Mukhazhir disappeared, like so many men in the North Caucasus disappear – kidnapped, arrested or simply executed and buried in anonymous graves. In this exhibition, broadsheet newsprint photos are interspersed with framed photos, videos, wall texts and an award-winning publication.
Man Next Door amonst
les 10 livres photo de 2017
Man Next Door chosen by French newspaper Libération amongst ten best photobooks of 2017. Please check out the link to view the full selection: “Sous les motifs d’accusation, se dessine alors un portrait tout en bosses, en bleus, en désespoir et en fantaisie. Il montre une autre facette des Pays-Bas, souvent perçus comme une vitrine de réussite sociale.”
Man Next Door amongst
Best Photobooks of 2017
I am very honoured that Dutch daily newspaper de Volkskrant has chosen Man Next Door as one of the best photo books of 2017. Please click on the link below to find the other selected titles.
Article about Man Next Next Door in Utrecht newspaper DUIC
Beautiful article (in Dutch) by Annabel van Heesbeen in the Utrecht newspaper DUIC (online and print), with a report of the opening of the exhibition.
Article about Man Next Door in Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant
Article written by Mark Moorman in Dutch daily newspaper de Volkskrant: How the addicted neighbour of photographer Rob Hornstra became his subject.
Announcement of guests for
upcoming FOTODOK Book Club
The next of the FOTODOK Book Club is on Thursday December 14th from 8 - 9:30 pm. For once, the location of the Book Club is the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, allowing visitors to also see my new exhibition Man Next Door between 7 and 8 pm (for free).
I am thrilled about the excellent line-up in this twelfth edition: Simon Roberts (UK) about a decade of British landscape photography in Merrie Albion, Mathieu Asselin (FR) about his Paris Photo First Book Award winning on Monsanto and Esther Hovers (NL) about intelligent surveillance systems in her promising first book False Positives. Jan Banning (Utereg) will introduce us to his new book Red Utopia in the returning item ‘Van Eigen Bodem’.
There seems to be only one minor downside: As far as I know the tickets already SOLD OUT. Bummer. Please send an email to FOTODOK for information and ticket requests.
Man Next Door on Vice Creators
Interview / article on Dutch VICE Creators: ‘In 2013 Kids dead body was found in a canal in Utrecht, but in the project Man Next Door he lives on with a wonderful message.’
Family and friends of Kid during the opening at Centraal Museum
Group photo in front of the giant snake wallpaper of (part of) friends and family who were present last Friday at the official opening and book launch of ‘Man Next Door’; a story about a typical Utrecht working class man. All of them received a free copy of the Family and Friends Edition, made possible by sixty people who pre-bought this edition last summer for a double price (paying for two copies). Thanks to all family and friends, thanks to all pre-buyers and thanks to the Centraal Museum for making this happen!
Reportage about the exhibition opening on RTV Utrecht (Dutch)
RTV Utrecht made a report on the opening of my new exhibition Man Next Door and broadcast the report in the 6 pm. news. You can scroll a little forward, it is the last item in the broadcast.
Autumn 2017 Print
LIMITED TIME PRINT OFFER: This exclusive handmade analogue c-print (36 x 42 cm / 14.2 x 16.5 in) of Kids house pet on his bed is temporarily available for only 145 euros excluding framing and shipping. This offer runs until 31 December 2017. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25.
My neighbour Kid – the subject of my new project Man Next Door – was a huge animal lover. He lost his beloved pit bull after it viciously attacked someone and had to be put down. When his wife left him, he stayed on in the house with his other great loves: two ball pythons named Kleintje and Pikachu. The snakes only needed food every 40 days. He usually fed them in their terrarium, but he also liked letting them loose on his sofa or bed where, if it was feeding time, he gave them live mice and rats. Kid never felt sorry for the rat: “Basically, he presses him to death immediately. More or less.”
Interview on Dutch radio about Man Next Door (Dutch)
Radio reporter Inge ter Schure came to Ondiep to talk about my new project Man Next Door. Beautiful item broadcasted in the VPRO radio program ‘Nooit Meer Slapen’.
New project Man Next Door in
AD Utrechts Nieuwsblad
Interview together with Kids sister Miep and his brother Reinier in the light of tomorrow’s book launch and exhibition opening Man Next Door at Centraal Museum in Utrecht.
Last days to visit The Sochi Project exhibition in Bolzano (IT)
Our exhibition The Sochi Project: Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land about Abkhazia is on display until December 2, 2017 at Foto-Forum in Bolzano.
List of bookshops selling
Man Next Door
In addition to my own online shop, Man Next Door is currently also available in the following specialised bookshops (this list will be updated regularly):
- Bookshop Anzenberger Gallery, Vienna
- FoMu Shop, Antwerp
- Luova.fi, Helsinki
- L’Ascenseur Végétal, Bordeaux
- Unobtainium, Bandung (online only)
- FOAM, Amsterdam
- Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
- Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
- Photoq Bookshop, Amsterdam
- Boekhandel Hijman Ongerijmd, Arnhem
- Aleph Books, Utrecht
- Broese Boekverkopers, Utrecht
- Centraal Museum, Utrecht
- FOTODOK, Utrecht
- Steven Sterk, Utrecht
- Westerhof Boeken, Zwolle
- Photobookstore.co.uk (online only)
- PIX.HOUSE, Poznan
- Photobook Corner (online only)
- Dispara, Pontevedra
Looking for X-mas cards and tired of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer?
Looking for CHRISTMAS CARDS and also tired of romantic white snowflakes, fairytale christmas trees or Rudolph the red nosed reindeer? The Sochi Project produced a leporello with six large size Christmas cards depicting Christmas decorations all over the Caucasus. In an attempt to make people think a little more about those places where people celebrate Christmas it in less fortunate conditions.
International pre-launch Man Next Door at Polycopies Paris
Together with Donald Weber we will be signing our new books Man Next Door and War Sand on Thursday, 9 November at 19:00 onboard the Polycopies bateau! Please join us during the Polycopies Book Fair. Our table is located on the lower deck, where throughout the weekend we’ll be offering free drinks and discounts.
Man Next Door in British Journal of Photography
Article written by Erik Vroons in collaboration with Simon Bainbridge for The British Journal of Photography about new book and exhibition Man Next Door.
Exhibition and talk in Bozen (Italy)
Opening of the exhibition The Sochi Project: Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land at foto-forum Bozen, Italy will take place on Tuesday October 24, 2017 at 7 pm. The opening will be followed by a talk about The Sochi Project at 8 pm.
Interview in local newspaper AD Tubantia
Currently the exhibition The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova and the North Caucasus is on display at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe as part of the Fotomanifestatie Enschede until 7 January 2018. In 2007, Khava’s husband Mukhazhir disappeared, like so many men in the North Caucasus disappear – kidnapped, arrested or simply executed and buried in anonymous graves. The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova paints a grim yet compelling picture of the North Caucasus. Last week local newspaper Tubantia published an interview in connection with this exhibition.
Man Next Door on press at Kopa in Kaunas, Lithuania
I have just returned from Kaunas (Lithuania) where my book Man Next Door was printed. It is difficult to put into words how incredibly amazing it is to see years of work falling totally into place in a publication. Making a book is a wonderful yet exhausting process of endless decisions about editing, design, fonts, colors, papers, endpapers, head- and tail bands and endless more details that seem unimportant but can make or break a book at the end. I am incredibly happy with the modest and subtle design of -Syb- and the determined lithography and printing supervision of Colour & Books. Of course, many thanks to the large group of people who have already bought the book in advance. That too is desperately needed in order to be able to pay all invoices on time.
Exhibition The Sochi Project on display at Rijksmuseum Twenthe
Until 7 January 2018, my work will be on display at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede. This presentation is part of the Fotomanifestatie Enschede 2017 with exhibitions on various locations by Henk Wildschut, Bob Siers and Martin Roemers amongst others.
Newsletter waiting for distribution
There it is! My first printed newsletter. I still have no clue on how to distribute this thing. But it looks great and that’s thanks to the amazing designer Serge Scheerpers (who also designed my website). For now, if you want a copy, try to find it. (Obviously, it is sent for free along with orders placed in the online store).
Pre-orders for Man Next Door are now open!
The pre-sale of my new book Man Next Door has started. Until the launch on 1 December 2017, the book can be ordered for the discount price of 35 euros. Shipping of the book will start in the second half of November. Please follow my Instagram account for a sneak peak of Man Next Door.
Workshop at Foto Forum Bozen, Italy (sold out)
Update: Workshop is fully booked! No spots available anymore.
Workshop for photographers, designers and storytellers who wish to learn how to construct and present long-term photography projects. This workshop is about creating freedom to do what YOU want to do: Make stories and present them in the way you wish by finding the right audience and funds. Come to Bozen on October 21 and 22, 2017 and join me for an intensive two days. Tuition fee is €250.
South Ossetia archive featured on Instagram
It is nine years since the Russo-Georgian war took place, a war between Georgia, Russia and the Russian-backed self-proclaimed republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Writer Arnold van Bruggen and I have made a book and exhibition about Abkhazia, not so many people know that we also covered South Ossetia as part of the The Sochi Project. This month I am featuring a series of photos made in South Ossetia on my Instagram account. And yes, we also met president Eduard Kokoity, though he was pushed aside already several months later.
Delayed shipments during the summer period
Due to summer holidays, my studio will be closed. Orders placed in my online store will be processed after August 7th, 2017.
Announcement: Exhibition and book launch Man Next Door in Centraal Museum Utrecht
For over ten years I have been working on Man Next Door, a new project that examines the stigmatisation of the working class while offering a rare insight into the life of a working-class Utrecht boy. I am very happy to announce that Man Next Door will be exhibited from December 2, 2017 until March 25, 3018 at the best conceivable place for this work: the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. Opening plus book launch will take place on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3 pm. A pre-launch of the book might be organized during Paris Photo (if planning allows).
Crowdfunding: Please help to fund 60 free copies for family and friends of Kid
In order to be able to share free copies of the book Man Next Door to family and friends of Kid, I ask for your help. By purchasing a numbered copy (1-60) of the Family and Friends Edition with special dust jacket, you fund one extra copy that will be given free of charge to family and friends of Kid during opening of the exhibition in Centraal Museum. This way, you make it possible that all friends and family members can receive a free copy. As a thank you, your name will be mentioned in the colophon of the book.
Summer Print 2017
Without doubt my favorite vodka-soaked evening while photographing Sochi Singers in 2011 was in restaurant Lilya in Lazarevskaya, where Dimitry Bum performed the song ‘Digi Digi’. Despite the English lyrics, the song is wildly popular all over the Caucasus. Actually, we have never heard the song outside the Caucasus. Please click on the link below to see a video of Dimitry performing ‘Digi Digi’.
Until October 1, 2017, an analogue handmade c-print of this work can be purchased for only 145 euros excluding framing and shipping. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. Once the season is over, the print will no longer be reprinted.
This month Sochi Singers featured on Instagram
Every month I am featuring series of photos from my archive on Instagram. This summer month is the turn to Sochi Singers. In 2011 Arnold van Bruggen and I travelled to more than 60 restaurants over 100 miles of coastline to make 37 photos for the book Sochi Singers. Follow my Instagram account - not only to see the end result - but also to see some moving image and photos of how Sochi Singers in the end has been presented on billboards.
Upcoming exhibitions: Rijksmuseum Twente (NL) and Fotoforum Bozen (IT)
During the second half of this year two exhibitions are coming up showcasing work from The Sochi Project. From September 24, 2017 until January 7, 2018, the chapter about the North Caucasus The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova will be on display in Rijksmuseum Twenthe. Please follow the link below for more information on this exhibition. From October 24 until December 2, 2017, the chapter about Abkhazia Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land will be shown at FotoForum Bozen. Details about this exhibition will follow later.
Peter van Agtmael, Awoiska van der Molen and Rob van Hoesel in next Fotodok Book Club
We have a great line up for the tenth edition of the FOTODOK Book Club, next Thursday, June 1 at 8 pm. Join us for exciting conversations with some of world’s best photobook makers and cold beers in the shadow of the Dom tower in Utrecht.
Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael (Skype) talks about his new book Buzzing at the Sil, a sequel to Disco Night Sept. 11 that was shortlisted for the Paris Photo/Aperture Book Award and was named a Book of the Year by The New York Times Magazine, Time, Vogue and American Photo amongst others.
Awoïska van der Molen (NL) will talk about her new book Blanco, which is the successor of her previous and successful photo book Sequester. Van der Molen is nominated for this years prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
Designer and publisher Rob van Hoesel will talk about the challenges of combining designing and publishing books. Van Hoesel founded his publishing house The Eriskay Connection in 2011. Their books have consistently earned a spot on ‘Best of the Year’ lists photo book collectors like so much.
Now available: Spring Print 2017
By accident I stumbled into Cement Town in 2007, a small suburb of the East Siberian industrial city Angarsk. Several times I went to cultural center Druzhba, a dilapidated building in Cement Town that once must have been a great and sparkling Soviet palace. This girl was sitting next to the dance floor during the Friday night disco, while DJ Artiom played deafening electro-house for a crowd of 30 residents.
Until July 1, 2017, an analogue c-print of this work can be purchased for only 145 euros excluding framing and shipping. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. Once the season is over, the print will no longer be reprinted.
Work in progress:
Man Next Door
Six years ago, I left with a film crew from VICE to Sochi, where they followed me while working on a series about singers in restaurants. Before leaving they shot some bonus footage in the neighborhood where I lived, a working-class district in northwest Utrecht. At the time, I already worked for six years on a document about the district, not knowing where it would lead. Now, again six years later, part of that work is the foundation for Man Next Door, my next project that will be launched soon, featuring my neighbor Kid as protagonist. Kid no longer lives. In 2013 - at the age of forty two - he was found drowned in the Utrecht canal. The book, released in the fall of 2017, provides a unique insight into the laborious life of a resident in a working-class district yet at the same time raises questions about stigmatization in our society.
Soon more information about the project and the forthcoming pre-sale of the book. For now, please click the link below to see a short trailer that VICE shot in 2011 (3:30 minutes).
Sochi Singers Billboards available again in store
Finally! A freshly produced stack of billboards is available. Apologies to the orderers who had to wait for a few weeks. Collecting and packing billboards is way too much work, something we did not fully realize after designing. Please promise not to order too many in the upcoming months.
Additional option after purchase of a Season Print: Mounting and framing
Following the quick sale of Winter prints, there were several requests if the work could be framed. The answer is yes. We looked for a durable system and an appropriate price. The additional cost for mounting on 1 mm aluminum and framing including anti-reflex, UV protective glass is 115 euros (including VAT). Shipping is not recommended due to the risk of breaking glass. Pick up from my studio in Utrecht is possible by appointment.
Of course you can also still order this analog c-print without framing. Better be quick. There are currently 4 prints left of the ballet class and 11 days to go.
Teaching at Anzenberger Masterclass students in Vienna
With great pleasure I have been teaching for third consecutive year students of the ten-month-long intensive masterclass organized by Anzenberger Gallery. Please click on the link for more information on next year’s masterclass.
Kiril Golovchenko in FOTODOK Book Club on March 30, 8 pm.
I am very proud to announce our third guest for the FOTODOK Book Club: Kirill Golovchenko. He is the eastern European answer to Martin Parr, a master in bright visual strategies and a dedicated and productive self-publisher. Come and get inspired by this extremely active and talented Ukrainian photographer. Take your English, German and Russian dictionary with you. Also in this Book Club: Henk Wildschut and Mariken Wessels.
Henk Wildschut and Mariken Wessels in next
FOTODOK Book Club
I am very happy to announce the presence of Henk Wildschut and Mariken Wessels at the next FOTODOK Book Club on Thursday March 30, 3017. Henk will talk about his super fresh book Ville de Calais, on the growth and decline of an informal village in the French dunes. Mariken Wessels will talk about her brilliant Taking Off. Henry My Neighbour, a book on her neighbor’s obsession with amateur nude art. After multiple nominations and winning the Arles 2016 Book Award, the book got recently nominated for the Dutch Photobook Award. Third guest will be announced soon.
Judging of Dutch Photobook
It was great pleasure and lots of fun to be in a jury for the Best Dutch Photobook Award 2015 - 2016, together with Edie Peters (chair), Merel Bem, Narda Van ‘t Veer, Bert Teunissen and Wannes Ketelaars. First mission: Bring 186 submitted books back to a selection of five nominations. In alphabetical order: Imperial Courts 1993-2015 by Dana Lixenberg, XXX by Bob Siers, Taking Off. Henry My Neighbour by Mariken Wessels, Vivace by Hanne van der Woude and Aeronautics in the Backyard by Xiaoxiao Xu.
De Ochtend op Radio 1
Op maandagochtend 13 februari ben ik tussen 9:30 en 10:00 uur te gast bij het radioprogramma De Ochtend op Radio 1. Als u naar aanleiding van dit gesprek op de hoogte wilt blijven omtrent het aanstaande boek dat ik publiceer over mijn buurman, stuur dan een email naar firstname.lastname@example.org. Ik neem contact met u op zodra er meer informatie beschikbaar is.
Talk at The Chocolate Factory in Bristol
On Friday February 10, 2017 at 7pm I will talk about The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus at the Chocolate Factory in Bristol. And perhaps I show a glimpse of my new book, which will be launched later this year. Entrance is free for workshop participants.
Now available: Winter Print 2017
The new season print is now available. Until April 1, 2017, an analogue c-print of this work can be purchased for only 145 euros excluding framing and shipping. The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25. Once the season is over, the print will no longer be reprinted.
Open Day at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
A little shout out for the Photography Department that I am responsible for together with Lotte Sprengers. Are you considering to study photography at the highest level, are you extremely ambitious and would you like to be taught by international acclaimed photographers? Come to the Open Day on Saturday January 28, 2017 to the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague for more information, presentations, portfolio reviews, master classes and more. Fulltime and part-time option. All courses are in English!
Announcement summer workshop in Luxembourg
Together with The Sochi Project’s co-author Arnold van Bruggen I will teach a three-day workshop ‘How to make things happen’ in Luxembourg from July 14-16, 2017. The workshop is organized by Centre National de l’Audiovisuel (CNA), which explains the low registration fee and the fact that there is only one spot left. You’d better hurry if you want to participate this summer. Update: It is fully booked.
Workshop DIY Storytelling in Bristol sold out
All spots for the workshop D.I.Y. Storytelling in collaboration with IC Visual Lab and Arnolfini museum in Bristol are reserved. Would you still like to participate, please sign up for the waiting list by sending an email to email@example.com. Most likely a next workshop D.I.Y. Storytelling will be organized in Luxembourg this summer. Would you like to stay informed? Please send an email with your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual subscriptions for FOTODOK Book Club 2017 now for sale
Thank you all for attending the 8th edition of the FOTODOK Book Club and a special thank you to our guests Jack Latham, Laura Cnossen, Laia Abril (on Skype) and Jan Rosseel. Never want to be too late for a ticket next year? Annual subscription for four editions of the Book Club 2017 are now for sale via FOTODOK. Please check out sales information and dates via link below.
Sugar Paper Theories by Jack Latham in FOTODOK Book Club
Today I am preparing the eighth edition of the FOTODOK Book Club. Two years ago I started this initiative in an effort to interest a broader audience for photobooks. Tonight, again, the venue sold out. One of the books in this edition is the wonderful Sugar Paper Theories of Jack Latham. The historical story about two murders in 1974 in Iceland not only tells a lot about the functioning of a scarcely populated country, but also touches on universal police investigation issues such as confessions under coercion, mass hysteria and scapegoating. A great book and not only for the small introverted photobook community. Signed copies are for sale tonight at FOTODOK.
Four new sets of postcards from The Sochi Project
In 2010 Arnold van Bruggen and I published a leporello containing six Christmas cards from The Sochi Project. The set was highly popular and quickly sold out. Since then, reprinting the Christmas cards was high on our wish list. For all kinds of reasons, we did not manage to organize it so far. But that has finally changed. Our new christmas card leporello is now available. While working on the new edit of the Christmas cards (which ultimately changed little compared to the previous one), we thought it could be nice to make some more sets. Not in the last place because we love postcards. Check them out and order them while you can.
New shipping rates in online store
After introducing my new website almost three weeks ago we made some changes, mainly to improve some foibles in the store. Most important issue: shipping costs. Some non Europeans found it rather expensive to pay € 18.00 shipping costs to receive one set of six picture postcards. Well, you are right. Sorry for the inconvenience. Costs have now dropped by eighty percent. I am very grateful to everyone who has tested my website and attempted to buy Christmas cards in my shop. Thank you all for your help and advice.
A new initiative:
Season Print offer
My first day to commemorate the Victory of the Great Patriotic War (WWII) took place on May 9, 2003 in Chelyabinsk. I had just landed for the first time in Russia and had no idea what was going to happen. Fortunately I had taken my large format camera that day in the hope that I could take some portraits on the streets. It happened to be a photographers paradise. Proud personalities in magnificent uniforms against wonderful backgrounds. I repeatedly had to change my films outside, with sweaty hands in a light-tight changing bag. Many of the portraits taken on that day - including this lady - ended up in my first book Communism & Cowgirls.
Until January 1, 2017, this analogue c-print can be purchased for only 145 euros (excluding frame and shipping). The number of buyers determines the print run, up to a maximum of 25.
Workshop in Bristol (UK)
Workshop for photographers, designers and storytellers who wish to learn how to construct and present long-term photography projects. This workshop is about creating freedom to do what YOU want to do: Make stories and present them in the way you wish by finding the right audience and funds. Come to Bristol on February 11th and 12th, 2017 and join me for an intensive two days. Tuition fee is €229 until December 19th, after is €275. Collaboration with IC Visual Lab and Arnolfini museum.
The Sochi Project in Interactive Canon of IDFA Doc Lab
The Sochi Project, our comprehensive Caucasus Documentary in web doc, books, newspapers and exhibitions is chosen by an international selection of new media curators, decision makers, award-winning artists and producers for the IDFA DocLab Canon of Interactive Documentary. One of the goals is to ‘keep the many timeless masterpieces accessible to future generations’. We feel very honored.
The end of borotov.com, new website (almost) finished
My old website borotov.com is gone. I worked quite some time on my new website and expect it to be fully working before the end of the year. If you discover flaws, please let me know. Are you interested in such a great website yourself, please contact Serge Scheepers. Stories is of course the most important section on my website. All stories are newly edited and there is a great attention for books, exhibitions and media coverage. Simultaneously with the launch of this website, I will also start a new initiative called Photo Rental. Currently 72 works are offered for rental. That will be more than 100 before the end of the year. Given the high costs of shipping art overseas, this new initiative mainly focuses on the Netherlands and the surrounding countries.
Always wanted to have a photo on your wall, but doubts about gallery purchase?
Then this new Photo Rental might be the solution for you! Flexibility is key. Choose from over 100 works, from small to super large (175 x 210 cm). All works are framed. The rental price for small works up to 50 x 60 cm is € 9.50 per month, larger works are rented for only € 14.50 per month. Also a nice gift to others during holiday season.
Collaboration Adam Broomberg and students KABK
“The idea of revolution has been co-opted by the right. The threat, in the form of Donald Trump’s ‘whitelash’ fascism, is not just apparent in the United States. Trump’s election has emboldened the right wing throughout Europe. …. With forthcoming elections in France, The Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe we cannot wait a single moment longer to register our fear but also our commitment to resist the voices of xenophobia, misogyny, racism, and intolerance.” Together with students from Royal Academy of Art in The Hague [KABK] and HfbK Hamburg, Adam Broomberg has set up a digital platform Hands Off Our Revolution to collectively express their concerns regarding the rise of right wing populism. Everyone is invited to participate by uploading imagery. Frieze wrote a short piece about it.
Book about my too early deceased neighbor Kid
Right after my graduation in 2004 I started living and working in a district in Utrecht named ‘Ondiep’; a typical Dutch working-class neighborhood with a lot of unemployment. This is one of the portraits I took of my neighbor Kid. Kid was a very loyal guy and always keeping an eye on my belongings when I was traveling abroad. He lived on benefits and was not seldom in trouble with authorities. Since 2012, Kid’s situation was going down. He was using drugs again and shady characters were constantly occupying his house. In summer 2013 he was found dead in the Utrecht canal, according to police reports because of an epileptic attack.
Together with designer Sybren Kuiper, I am currently working on a book about Kid’s life.
Interview on Russian Bleek Magazine
Фотограф, которому запретили въезд в Россию, рассказывает о том, что делает Путин, об опасностях издательства авангардных фотокниг «за свой счёт» и недооцененных книжных проектах
Interview on EFTI.tv
I was interviewed by EFTI.tv when I was in Madrid last February for the opening of the exhibition Empty land Promised land, Forbidden land. The interview is now also available online.
FOTODOK Book Club program announced
On October 6, 2016 at 8pm, I will present the 7th edition of the FOTODOK Book Club in Utrecht. In addition to previously announced Nicoló Degiorgis, also Florian van Roekel, Xiaoxiao Xu and Rinske Former will talk about their latest books a.o. about why men build ornithopters in an attempt to fly. If you do not want to miss FOTODOK’s Book Club, please consider buying an annual subscription (as regular sold out).
Exhibition The Sochi Project at CECH Art Space in Minsk, Belarus
06.09.2016 - 06.10.2016
‘The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ will be on display at Галерэя ЦЭХа as part of the Month of Photography in Minsk. This exhibition offers a glimpse into the North Caucasus and Sochi, two out of three explored regions within The Sochi Project. The exhibition is generously supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Visiting address and opening times: вул. Кастрычніцкая, 12:00 – 22:00.
Nicolò Degiorgis in next edition of the FOTODOK Book Club in Utrecht
Very happy that Nicolò Degiorgis is finally coming to the next FOTODOK Book Club on Thursday October 6 in Utrecht. I met Nicolò for the first time in 2014 at Vienna PhotoBook Festival. He rented a table to sell his fantastic debut book Hidden Islam. There was another book Oasis Hotel on the table. I asked about it and with a smile on his face, he explained that it would look so lean selling only one book. During the next FOTODOK Book Club we will talk about the success and impact of Hidden Islam, but also about his role as a publisher and curator of the latest book by Daisuke Yokota and Max Pinckers.
Interview on Belarusky Zhurnal in connection with exhibition Minsk
Роб Хорнстра привез на «Месяц фотографии в Минске» свой нашумевший «Проект Сочи» – «Атлас войны и туризма на Кавказе».
Workshop DIY Storytelling in Minsk
Organized by the Month of Photography in Minsk and financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, my two-day workshop Do-It-Yourself Storytelling for a selected group of Belarusian photographers took place on September 7 and 8, 2016. Stay tuned about future workshops by signing up for the newsletter.
Belarusian visa granted!
I am pleasantly surprised by the fact that Belarus has decided to grant me a visa to attend the opening week of the Month of Photography in Minsk (MPM). The Sochi Project exhibition opening will take place on Tuesday September 6, 2016 at 7 pm at “CECH” Art Gallery. My Do-It-Yourself workshop for young Belarusian photographers will take place on 7 and 8 September. More information about both events can be found on the website of MPM.
Next The Sochi Project exhibition
will be held in Minsk, Belarus
The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus continues traveling: Early september the exhibition will be part of the Month of Photography in Minsk. In collaboration with initiator Andrei Liankevich and together with my intern Folkert Koelewijn I am currently finetuning the design for CECH Art Space in Minsk. Will keep you updated!
Edmund Clark's Negative Publicity at the sixth edition of the Fotodok Book Club
Many thanks to Edmund Clark and Aperture’s Lesley Martin for their contributions to the FOTODOK Book Club, my live talk show about books in Utrecht. Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition is without a doubt one of the most impressive books of 2016. It shows how our Western societies violates basic human rights on a large scale and in a coordinated manner.
The Sochi Project publications
exhibited at Riga Photomonth
13.05.2016 - 16.06.2016
All publications produced within The Sochi Project will be on display at SELF PUBLISH RIGA during the Riga Photomonth 2016.
Arthur Bondar and Thomas Manneke in
next edition of Fotodok Book Club
On June 9th I will present the next edition of the Fotodok Book Club. Very happy to announce the first guests, who will talk about their new publications: Thomas Manneke on Amsterdam and Arthur Bondar on Shadows of Wormwood. The Book Club takes place on Wednesdays June 9 from 8pm-9.30pm at Het Utrechts Archief, Hamburgerstraat 2 in Utrecht.
Virtual contribution in workshop
Long-term Documentary Projects
Sometimes you want to be somewhere, but your agenda doesn’t allow. My close colleagues Arnold van Bruggen and Anoek Steketee were doing a workshop in Riga about Long-term Documentary Projects: how to make an impact, find an audience and get the best results. I could only join them virtually on Sunday for one hour.
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
in next Fotodok Book Club (sold out)
Very happy to announce the next FOTODOK Book Club on April 13, 2016 with Eddo Hartmann, Anne Geene, Arjan de Nooij, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin. The FOTODOK Book Club is organized four times a year and takes place at ‘Het Utrechts Archief, Hamburgerstraat 28, Utrecht. Please follow the link below for more information and pre-ordering of tickets.
Article in Spanish El Pais
El fotógrafo holandés Rob Hornstra muestra su obra documental de cinco años sobre la posguerra en la república de Abjazia
Exhibition The Sochi Project in Madrid
04.03.2016 - 10.04.2016
An excerpt from The Sochi Project will be exhibited at EFTI in Madrid from March 4 - April 10, 2016. This exhibition offers a glimpse of Abkhazia, one of the three explored regions within The Sochi Project.
Address EFTI: C/Fuenterrabia 4, 6 Y 13. Madrid (Spain)
Work included in group exhibition at the
Center for Photography at Woodstock
20.02.2016 - 10.04.2016
Common Sense(s), features a compilation of photozines and related ephemera by over 50 artists. Curated by CPW’s Juan Madrid and artist Carlos Loret de Mola, the exhibition examines what constitutes a “zine” in contemporary photographic practice.
Interview on National Lithuanian television
In connection with the opening of The Sochi Project exhibition in Kaunas, Arnold and I were interviewed - together with curator Mindaugas Kavaliauskas - on Lithuanian LRT Kultura television. Parts are in English.
Exhibition The Sochi Project in Kaunas
16.01.2016 - 21.02.2016
A large exhibition of all three regions including travel journal of The Sochi Project - organized by Kaunas Photo - will be on display at the Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery (M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum) in Kaunas, Lithuania. Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, director of KAUNAS PHOTO festival emphasizes that “The Sochi Project’s” is an unmatched success in the world of today’s art photography and independent book publishing. The exhibition will finish with a guided tour by Mindaugas Kavaliauskas. on February 21, 2016.
Sochi Singers billboards included in
DIY Photobook Manifesto
Very proud that our Sochi Singers billboards are included in the ‘DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto’ by Bruno Ceschel (Self Publish Be Happy) and published by Aperture. The book offers a do-it-yourself manual and a survey of key examples of self-published success stories, as well as a self-publishing manifesto and list of resources. A must have for everyone who is interested in the photobook world or even considers to self-publish a book.
Follow the countdown of My Favorite
Photobooks 2015 on Instagram
I love photobooks and I love end-of-the-year lists. Since two years I started publishing my own list of favorite photobooks. First two editions were published on Facebook. This year you can follow my count down on Instagram.
Talk Kriterion Sarajevo
On Friday December 4, 2015 at 11.00 am I will do a lecture at Kriterion Sarajevo, Obala Kulina bana, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnië en Herzegovina. Please follow link for more information.
Exhibition The Sochi Project in New Delhi
’The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ will be on display at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts as part of Delhi Photo Festival.
Talk in Maastricht
On Sunday November 8, 2015 at 2.30 pm I will do a lecture at Centre Céramique, Avenue Céramique 50, 6221 KV Maastricht. Please follow link for more information.
Workshop in New Delhi, India
27.10.2015 - 28.10.2015
Do-It-Yourself Storytelling workshop taking place in Delhi, end of October 2015 during the Delhi Photo Festival. This two-day workshop focusses on how to understand the current media market (magazines, books, exhibitions, grants, etc.) and dos & don’ts in self-publishing and crowd funding. How can you create the stories you want in your own voice? Learn to see opportunities and make your future.
An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus
2nd Edition out now
Signed copies of the second edition of ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ are now available for purchase in our online store.
Workshop in Zagreb, Croatia
04.09.2015 - 05.09.2015
My next Do-It-Yourself Storytelling workshop will take place in Zagreb, during the highly interesting Organ Vida Photo Festival. This two-day workshop focusses on how to understand the current media market (magazines, books, exhibitions, grants, etc.) and dos & don’ts in self-publishing and crowd funding. How can you create the stories you want in your own voice? Learn to see opportunities and make your future.
Early bird sign up including festival t-shirt and bag: 190 euro (until July 3, 2015).
Appointed as new member of
World Press Photo Supervisory Board
I am very honored to be appointed as member of the World Press Photo Supervisory Board. From the press release: “The journalistic field in which World Press Photo operates is in the middle of major changes. New techniques and, above all, changing revenue models have had a great impact on the profession. For photojournalists who are open to new ideas, these circumstances offer great opportunities. We can seize these uncertain times to redefine photojournalism. I think it’s wonderful that World Press Photo—led by Lars Boering—intends to take a leading role in that debate.”
Interview at PHOTOGRVPHY
Interview at online PHOTOGRVPHY.com.
Photo London 2015
Ballet Russes presented by Robert Morat Gallery at Photo London, Somerset House.
New job at Royal Academy of Art (KABK)
Together with Lotte Sprengers, I will take charge of the photography department as of 1 May 2015 at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. We will succeed the illustrious Corinne Noordenbos. Following a long teaching career, Corinne will retire on 10 April. We plan to make the excellent quality of the KABK more visible to the outside world and become more international.
Exhibition Barcelona extended
21.02.2015 - 30.04.2015
Our exhibition ‘The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ is extended until 30 April 2015. Please watch video for an impression and click the link below for address info and opening hours.
Review An Atlas of War and Tourism
Review of our book ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ on Disphotic by Lewis Bush.
WORKSHOP in Utrecht SOLD OUT
20.03.2015 - 21.03.2015
For the first time in Utrecht, Netherlands. My two-day workshop focusses on how to understand the current media market (magazines, books, exhibitions, grants, etc.) and dos & don’ts in self-publishing and crowd funding. How can you create the stories you want in your own voice? Learn to see opportunities and make your future. SOLD OUT.
Interview in doc! Photo Magazine
Interview and portfolio The Sochi Project in doc! Photo Magazine. Please click on the link below to read in ISSUU.
WORKSHOP in Barcelona SOLD OUT
20.02.2015 - 21.02.2015
Join me for a two-day workshop in Barcelona, Spain at the end of February 2015. Learn how to understand the current media market (magazines, books, exhibitions, grants, etc.), how to self-publish a book and how to create the stories you want in your own voice. Learn to see opportunities and make your future.
The Sochi Project in Barcelona
21.02.2015 - 16.04.2015
Please join us for a lecture on Wednesday, a round table conversation on Thursday, a workshop on Friday and Saturday and a small exhibition at CFD Barcelona.
Discussion with Donald Weber in Utrecht
On Friday January 30, 2015, Donald Weber will do a lecture on two of his recent projects: Barricade and War Sand. After this I will have a conversation with him about independent storytelling, photography, creative solutions for financing long term projects, and much more
Book Fair Stedelijk Museum
The Sochi Project runs a table at the Stedelijk Museum Book Fair with some discount offers, rare books and special editions. On Sunday at 12.15 there will be a live conversation with me, followed by a signing
Interview in European Photography magazine
Cover and interview by Bill Kouwenhoven about five years Sochi Project, crowdfunding, self-publishing.
The Sochi Project in Polish Gazeta
Interview/article about The Sochi Project in connection with exhibition in Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw featured in Polish newspaper Gazeta
Exhibition in Warsaw, Poland
Exhibition ‘The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ on display at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. Opening on December 6, 6 pm.
Lecture at Le Photobook Fest
I will do a lecture about the phenomenon of Best-Photobook-Of-The-Year-lists and the madness around it. I will demonstrate how easy it is to get your book in the top of these rankings by following a few golden rules. For lovers of lists he will also introduce two new rankings: “The Most Overrated Photobook of the Year and the Most Neglected Photobook of the Year”
Exhibition in Washington DC
Our traveling exhibition ‘The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ is now on display at the Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence 2801 16th St NW Washington, DC, 20009 United States as part of FotoDC.
Talk in Zurich
On Monday October 27, 2014, I will do a talk about The Sochi Project at the vfg Bildersoirée in Zurich. Start presentation 19.30pm. Location: Keystone Foyer, Grubenstrasse 45, 8045 Zürich.
NEXT WORKSHOP in Brighton, UK
My next workshop will be in Brighton, UK, organized by The Miniclick Photography Talks and simultaneously with the Brighton Photo Fringe Festival and the Brighton Photo Biennial. Enough reasons to spend your Autumn break in the south of England. My two-day workshop focusses on how to understand the current media market (magazines, books, exhibitions, grants, etc.) and dos & don’ts in self-publishing and crowd funding. How can you create the stories you want in your own voice? Learn to see opportunities and make your future
Lecture in Luzern, Switzerland
On Thursday October 9, 2014 at 6 pm I will be giving a lecture at The Lucerne School of Art and Design Baselstrasse 61b, 3006 Lucerne from 6:00-7:30 pm. Entrance is free, you only need to register.
Exhibition Robert Morat Galerie Hamburg
Exhibition ‘Ballet Russes’ at Robert Morat Galerie in Hamburg (Germany). I will join the opening on September 12.
Exhibition Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
’The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ is part of the exhibition ‘On the Move: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design.’ It is the latest edition of the Proposals for Municipal Art Acquisitions that the museum organizes every two years. Opening on 28 August 2014 from 7.30 - 10.00 pm
Interview on National Radio
Interview on Dutch National Radio 1 together with writer Arnold van Bruggen.
WORKSHOP in Cortona, Italy
Join me for a two-day workshop in Cortona, a beautiful town in the middle of Tuscany, Italy. Learn over a two-day workshop how to understand the current media market (magazines, books, exhibitions, grants, etc.), how to self-publish a book and how to create the stories you want in your own voice. Learn to see opportunities and make your future.
The Sochi Project exhibition Cortona on the Move, Italy
The exhibition ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ will be on display at Vecchio Ospedale (via Maffei 16) Cortona from July 17 until September 28 as part of Cortona on the Move Festival. Together with Arnold I will be doing a talk on Sunday July 20 at 11 am at the Teatro Signorelli.
The Sochi Project exhibition at PhotoIreland
The exhibition ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ will be on display at the magnificent City Assembly House in Dublin from July 5 until July 27 as part of PhotoIreland. Opening on July 4 at 7 pm.
Many ambitious photographers are conservative when it comes to presenting their projects, offering their work—often free of charge—to newspapers, magazines, or book publishers. They put their fate in the hands of others and wait. That’s unnecessary. This workshop’s main objective is to help students become liberated photographers and publishers, ready to begin sharing their stories with the world
Talk in Perpignan (France)
On Thursday 26, June at 5:00 pm I will do a talk during the French Festival International du Livre d’Art et du Film (FILAF) in Perpignan, where our book ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ is included in the official selection for a FILAF Award 2014
Talk at Lumix Festival in Hannover (Germany)
On Wednesday June 18, 2014 at 6.30 pm I will do a talk at the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism. Next day at 11 am I will be in a panel about crowdfunding
Talk at Vienna Photo Book Festiva
On Sunday June 15, 2014 at 11 am. I will do a talk at the Photo Book Festival in Vienna.
The Sochi Project wins Dutch Doc Award 2014
The Sochi Project has won the Dutch Doc Photo Award 2014. From the jury: “They were facing huge obstacles and resistance, but nevertheless realized an impressive project. Extremely broad in scope, with a large amount of historical and cultural information about an unknown part of the world that rarely hits the news.”
Conversation and book signing at Aperture, NY
In Conversation: Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen on The Sochi Project at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, 547 West 27th Street, New York, NY. Please follow link for more information.
Gold and silver at European Design Awards
A gold medal for the fourth annual publication within The Sochi Project ‘The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova’ and a silver medal for the final publication ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ at the European Design Awards 2014. Big congrats to our designers Kummer & Herrman
‘Prachtige Ballerina's’ in Parool
Exhibition ‘Women and Work’ including the
Winner at PDN Photo Annual 2014 21.05.2014
The fourth annual publication within The Sochi Project ‘The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova’ is chosen as one of the winners at the PDN Photo Annual 2014 (book category). Please click the link below for more information or to order the book.
Exhibition Flatland Gallery Amsterdam 17.05.2014 - 28.06.2014
Exhibition focussing on portraits of women at work in Flatland Gallery Amsterdam. Never shown before: ‘Ballets Russes’, a series about young girls with big dreams. Opening Saturday May 17, 5-7 pm. Address: Lijnbaansgracht 312 - 314, Amsterdam.
Exhibition Toronto 01.05.2014 – 31.05.2014
Exhibition ‘The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ on display at CONTACT Gallery Toronto, 80 Spadina Ave Ste 310. Opening and introduction on Saturday May 3, 2-5 pm.
NEXT WORKSHOP: Aperture New York
Many ambitious photographers are conservative when it comes to presenting their projects, offering their work—often free of charge—to newspapers, magazines, or book publishers. They put their fate in the hands of others and wait. That’s unnecessary. This workshop’s main objective is to help students become liberated photographers and publishers, ready to begin sharing their stories with the world.
Conversation and book signing at UnionDocs, NY
In Conversation: Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen on The Sochi Project at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Organized by Aperture Foundation. Please follow link for more information
The Sochi Project on shortlist Dutch Doc Award 21.03.2014
Very proud and happy that The Sochi Project is shortlisted for the Dutch Doc Award. Award Ceremony on June 10, 2014 in Amsterdam (Tropenmuseum)
Exhibition Noorderlicht 19.04.2014 - 22.06.2014
Exhibition ‘The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ now at Noorderlicht Fotogalerie in Groningen (NL).
Special Edition An Atlas of War and Tourism 14.03.2014
A collector’s edition of ‘AnAtlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ is now available at the online store of The Sochi Project. Limited to 25 copies.
On the other Side of the Mountains on Landscape Stories 10.03.2014
In 2010 we published a newspaper annex DIY exhibition ‘On the other side of the mountains’ about an insignificant village named Krasny Vostok (The Red East). Last year we went back. Our updated story on how The Red East turns Green is now featured on Landscape Stories.
Seminar in Chicago 18.01.2014
I’ll be doing a seminar / mini-workshop in Chicago on Saturday January 18, 10.00 am - 1.00 pm. Location: DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 Fee: $75. Please follow the link for more info and to register.
The Sochi Project Agenda & Press 08.02.2014
Please follow this link for an updated press/agenda list in connection with The Sochi Project.
Workshop at Anzenberger Vienna (SOLD OUT) 1 & 2 February, 2014
This workshop is about what we all desire as storytellers and photographers: Freedom. Learn to see opportunities and make your future.
Lecture in Bratislava 31.01.2014 - 7:00 pm
Lecture at Frontline Bratislava. Location: Kontakt, Ventúrska 12, 81101 Bratislava, SK
Exhibition opening Fotohof Salzburg 30.01.2014 - 7 pm.
Overview exhibition ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ at Fotohof Salzburg. Opening Thursday January 30, 2014 at 7 pm.
Live Talkshow at FotoTorpedo Amsterdam 23.01.2014 - 8.30 pm
I will be guest at the Live Talkshow FotoTorpedo (by Mark Moorman and Nienke Denekamp) in Torpedo-theater Amsterdam (Sint Pieterspoortsteeg 33).
The Sochi Project on Fox News TV 21.01.2014
Exhibition at DePaul Art Museum in Chicago covered by local Fox News TV.
The Sochi Project in NZZ Am Sonntag 19.01.2014
The Sochi Project largely covered in Swiss daily newspaper NZZ Am Sonntag (10 pages).
The Sochi Project in Helsingborgs Dagblad 19.01.2014
The Sochi Project article featured in Helsingborgs Dagblad.
The Sochi Project in Daily Mail 19.01.2014
The Sochi Project covered by Daily Mail.
Nomination Canon Prize 18.01.2014
The Sochi Project ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ has been nominated for the Dutch Canon prize for Innovative Journalism.
The Sochi Project on DNA Info 17.01.2014
In connection with the exhibition opening at De Paul Art University an interview by Paul Biasco at DNA Info Chicago.
Opening reception DePaul Art Museum Chicago 17.01.2014
Join us for the Opening Reception / Lecture / Book Signing of “The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus at DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60614. Friday January 17, 18.00 - 20.30 pm.
Interview on WBEZ Radio 17.01.2014
In connection with the opening of The Sochi Project exhibition at De Paul Art Museum an interview by Nari Safavi on Chicago Radio program WBEZ’s Worldview Weekend Passport.
Interview on NPR 16.01.2014
Interview about The Sochi Project on National Public Radio (US) ‘Here and Now’.
The Sochi Project in Tyden 12.01.2014
Article about The Sochi Project featured in Czech newspaper Tyden.
Lecture in NRC restaurant 12.01.2014
On Sunday 12 January 2014, 15 pm. I will do a talk in NRC restaurant about the exhibition Golden Years, which is currently on display at Huis Marseille Amsterdam. More info and tickets, please follow the link below.
The Sochi Project slideshow featured on Stern 11.01.2014
The Sochi Project slideshow ‘Strand, Tanz und Bürgerkrieg’ on Stern.de
The Sochi Project in LeMonde 11.01.2014
Extensive covering / presentation of The Sochi Project in French daily newspaper Le Monde.
Atlas in Trouw 11.01.2014
Book ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ highlighted in Saturday annex of Dutch daily newspaper Trouw.
The Sochi Project in Der Standard 08.01.2014
Article by Damian Zimmerman about The Sochi Project in Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard.
Exhibition review in De Correspondent 08.01.2014
Comparing review about exhibitions in Huis Marseille AMsterdam and FoMu Antwerp by Sterre Sprengers.
The Sochi Project on Mother Jones 02.01.2014
The Sochi Project featured on independent American news website Mother Jones: “Forget Vladimir Putin’s Olympic Fantasy and Check Out the Real Sochi This brilliant new photobook chronicles everyday life in the Caucasus.”
Interview in Canadian La Presse 31.12.2013
Interview about The Sochi Project in Canadian La Press: ‘Sotchi: palmiers et misère dans une poudrière’.
Best Photo Books 2013 30.12.2013
‘The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova’ has been selected as one of the best photo books of 2013 at photo-eye magazine.
Review exhibition Huis Marseille in Volkskrant 27.12.2013
Exhibition review by Merel Bem in Dutch daily newspaper De Volkskrant.
Interview on Dutch Radio 23.12.2013
One hour interview on Dutch national radio. Looking back on the bilateral Dutch-Russian Friendship Year and The Sochi Project. Please follow the link to listen (in Dutch).
Best Photo Books 2013 23.12.2013
’The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova’ has been selected by Joerg Colberg from Conscientious Photography Magazine as one of his favourite photobooks of 2013.
Interview in Parool 21.12.2013
Interview by Mark Moorman in dutch daily newspaper Het Parool: ‘Fotograaf Rob Hornstra (38) zat opeens in het midden van een diplomatieke storm. Een Moskouse tentoonstelling werd afgelast en een Russisch visum geweigerd. En hij werd ook nog eens vader, dus waar hebben we het eigenlijk over?’
Sochi Singers in Huffington Post 20.12.2013
Sochi Singers: ‘The Beautiful And Bizarre Faces Of Russia’s Restaurant Singers’ featured in Huffington Post.
The Sochi Project on French Slate 16.12.2013
The Sochi Project ‘Sotchi: la guerre et les jeux’ on French website Slate.fr
Interview on IdeasTap 15.12.2013
Interview by Tina Remiz on IdeasTap, a creative network: ‘Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen on the Sochi Project, about crowdfunding and working across different platforms…
Exhibition: Golden Years at Huis Marseille Amsterdam 14.12.2013 - 9.3.2014
An overview exhibition of my work in Russia 2003 – 2013 will be for the first time on display at Huis Marseille Amsterdam.
The Sochi Project in The Guardian 12.12.2013
Sean O’Hagan in The Guardian: ‘The Sochi Project is an incredible piece of journalism, both visual and written, and a glimpse of the medium’s future.’
Article in Frankfurter Allgemeine (German) 10.12.2013
Article about The Sochi Project and our latest book featured in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
The Sochi Project featured on Foreign Policy 07.12.2013
’The Real Sochi: What you won’t see on TV when you tune into Russia’s Winter Olympics.’ Extensive slideshow on foreignpolicy.com.
Interview in Dutch magazine Zuiderlucht 07.12.2013
Interview by Edo Dijksterhuis for Dutch cultural magazine Zuiderlucht.
The Sochi Project featured at The New Yorker 25.11.2013
Slideshow from our new book ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ featured on The New Yorker Photo Booth.
Sochi featured in Financial Times Magazine 16.11.2013
Work from Sochi featured in a seven-page article in Financial Times.
Events during Paris Photo 2013 14.11.2013 - 17.11.2013
On Friday November 15 at 16 PM I will sign our new book ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ at Aperture’s booth E22. On Saturday November 16 at 16 PM at Flatlands booth (C33) I will sign the new book and Flatland has some out-of-print books, which will be for sale during this signing. Flatland Gallery will also present recent works from The Sochi Project. Sunday November 17 at 11 AM I will talk about The Sochi Project at a conference at Le Bal (6, Impasse de la Défense, Paris).
Interview in Welt Am Sonntag 10.11.2013
Interview about The Sochi Project in German Welt Am Sonntag.
Sochi Singers featured at Phaidon 08.11.2013
Article about Sochi Singers and the book at Phaidon’s website. There is a limited number of signed copies of ‘Sochi Singers’ available at www.thesochiproject.org/shop.
Talk at the Frontline Club London 04.11.2013
Please follow the link to read an extensive report (+ video) from the talk we did at the Frontline Club London on November 1, 2013.
Interview Russian Art Newspaper 01.11.2013
Please follow the link below to read an interview in the Art Newspaper Russia.
Rob at Dutch television 30.10.2013
Please follow the link to view an interview with Rob and also a short impression of the exhibition at FoMu Antwerp.
Interview NRC Cultureel Supplement 30.10.2013
Interview / review about The Sochi Project and the overview exhibition in FoMu Antwerp.
Overview Exhibition Fomu Antwerp 24.10.2013 - 02.03.2014
The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus at FoMu Antwerp (Belgium). Opening Thursday October 24, 2013 at 20 PM.
IDFA Doclab Awards 20.10.2013
Our new website www.thesochiproject.org is nominated for the IDFA Doclab Awards 2013.
Double page nrc.next 19.10.2013
Short piece about cancelled exhibition in Saturday supplement of nrc.next.
The Sochi Project at Lenta 18.10.2013
Online slideshow of the cancelled exhibition at Winzavod Moscow now at Lenta.ru
Shadow opening in Moscow and Amsterdam 18.10.2013
We cordially invite you to an alternative opening of The Sochi Project’s cancelled exhibition in Moscow. This alternative opening will take place simultaneously in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (Pleinfoyer) and the Sakharov Centre in Moscow on Friday, 18 October at 5pm (7pm in Moscow).
Together with our Russian partners, we want to use these parallel events to make a statement against the cancelled exhibition and the denial of our visas, and for the dissemination of our alternative story about the Olympic Games in Russia. We sincerely hope that you can join us: the more people, the more powerful our alternative story, in the Netherlands, Russia and beyond.
Please download PDF for more information.
Shadow opening in Moscow and Amsterdam 18.10.2013
We cordially invite you to an alternative opening of The Sochi Project’s cancelled exhibition in Moscow. This alternative opening will take place simultaneously in the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (Pleinfoyer) and the Sakharov Centre in Moscow on Friday, 18 October at 5pm (7pm in Moscow).
Together with our Russian partners, we want to use these parallel events to make a statement against the cancelled exhibition and the denial of our visas, and for the dissemination of our alternative story about the Olympic Games in Russia. We sincerely hope that you can join us: the more people, the more powerful our alternative story, in the Netherlands, Russia and beyond.
Please download PDF for more information.
Interview in Izvestia 18.10.2013
Izvestia writes about the alternative exhibition at Sakharov center, including installation shots.
Interview at Snob.ru 18.10.2013
Interview about refused exhibition, shadow opening , visa problems and more at Snob.ru
Article Parool 18.10.2013
Article about Dutch - Russian Friendship Year and alternative exhibition openings in Amsterdam and Moscow in Dutch daily newspaper Het Parool.
The Sochi Project in Helsingborgs Dagblad 15.10.2013
Article about visa refusal and cancelled exhibition in Swedish daily Helsingborgs Dagblad.
Interview in De Morgen 05.10.2013
Extensive interview about The Sochi Project, visa problems and the upcoming exhibitions in Winzavod and FoMu.
Article in Volkskrant Vonk 05.10.2013
Article by Arnold van Bruggen: A preview of a retrospective on the Sochi 2014 Games…
Radio Svoboda reports on visa refusal 04.10.2013
Властям России не понравился “Проект Сочи” Россия отказала в визе двоим голландским журналистам, авторам масштабного проекта под названием The Sochi Project
Colta.ru reports on visa refusal 02.10.2013
Роб Хорнстра: «Русские “пять минут” — это как минимум день»
Peta Pixel reports on visa refusal 01.10.2013
Photojournalist Denied Entry Into Russia, Allegedly Due to Disparaging Project
Moscow Times reports on visa refusal 01.10.2013
The Moscow Times: Dutch Journalist Says Denied Entry for Sochi Reporting
Moscow News on visa refusal 01.10.2013
Russia denies visa to Dutch journalist awarded for Sochi Project
Huffington Post reports on visa refusal 01.10.2013
Interview by Elizabeth Kiem: A Potemkin Village for an Olympic Home
1 Vandaag 30.09.2013
On national television daily news show ‘1 Vandaag’.
Slon.ru reports on visa refusal 30.09.2013
Мы стали первыми журналистами, которых не пустили в Россию
Pauw & Witteman 30.09.2013
Together with Arnold van Bruggen in live talkshow Pauw & Witteman (Dutch)
Lenta.ru reports on visa refusal 30.09.2013
Автора «Проекта Сочи» не пустили в Россию. Роб Хорнстра стал первым голландским фотографом, которому отказали в визе с момента распада СССР
Interview in Volkskrant V 30.09.2013
Extensive interview in Volkskrant V about The Sochi Project and visa problems.
Calvert Journal on visa refusal 30.09.2013
Calvert Journal: Russian authorities refuse to renew Dutch journalist’s visa.
Interview Joerg Colberg at Unseen Amsterdam 28.09.2013
The Sochi Project almost comes to an end. Together with photography critic and writer Jörg Colberg, we will reflect on five years of the Sochi Project. The new website will also be officially launched during the presentation. Please all come to in the Livingroom at Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam (Westergasfabriek) on Saturday September 28, 2013 from 15.45 - 16.30 PM.
Public Interview at Unseen 27.09.2013
On Friday eptember 27, 2013 at 17 PM I will be in a public interview hosted by Caroline von Courten at Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam. Please follow the link for more info and tickets.
Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam 26‑29.09.2013
New work from The Sochi Project will be shown at the Flatland Gallery, booth 19 at Unseen Photography Fair Amsterdam (Westergasfabriek). All available books and more will be available at The Sochi Project’s table at Unseen Book Market.
Talk at Boreal Bash 2013 11.08.2013
On Sunday August 11, 2013 at 6 PM, I’ll do a talk about The Sochi Project at Boreal Bash in Toronto. Location: Ciro’s pub and restaurant on Bloor West.
DIY Storytelling Workshop in Toronto 11 & 12.08.2013
This workshop is about what we all desire as storytellers and photographers: Freedom. Freedom creates opportunity. Opportunity makes your future. As photographers, Rob Hornstra and Donald Weber have each found their own vision of freedom, creating significant bodies of work in their own way. Learn from both Rob and Don over a two-day workshop how to understand the current media market (magazines, books, exhibitions, grants, etc.) and bypass it altogether, allowing you to create the stories you want in your own voice. Learn to see opportunities and make your future. Sold out.
The Sochi Project in Calvert Magazine 18.07.2013
Game changer: The Sochi Project tells the real stories of Russia’s new Olympic region. The eyes of the world will turn on Sochi when it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics. Since 2009, The Sochi Project, a slow-journalism initiative founded by Dutch duo Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen, has sought out the stories behind the spectacle and scandal of the Games