Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land (2010)

Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land is the result of three trips between 2007 and 2010 to the tiny country of Abkhazia. Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have spent numerous weeks of traveling through the country, seeing how it is slowly trying to claw its way out of isolation. The country broke away from Georgia after a short, violent civil war in ’92-’93 and was recognized as independent in 2008 by Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and the atoll of Nauru. The story is particularly tragic for the thousands of refugees who fled in the early nineties and have little prospect of returning. The book became a journey of discovery, not only of the country itself but also of the places where the refugees live.

“What makes the book so fantastic is not just that it informs you about the region and offers you some photography, it hints at where at least some contemporary photojournalism is moving.”
—Consientious, 2013


Hardcover: 272 pages, 93 color photographs
Publisher: Self-published (2010)
Language: English
Dimensions: 19.4 x 25.1 cm (7 5/8 x 9 7/8 in.)
Print run: 800 copies

Item Price Qty Total
Total () € 127.20