NEXT WORKSHOP: Aperture New York 31.05 - 01.06.2014
This two-day workshop is about what we all desire as storytellers and photographers: Freedom. Learn to see opportunities and make your future (limited to maximum 15 participants).




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).




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.




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 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.




The Sochi Project in NZZ Am Sonntag 19.01.2014


The Sochi Project largely covered in Swiss daily newspaper NZZ Am Sonntag (10 pages).




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




Interview on NPR 16.01.2014
Interview about The Sochi Project on National Public Radio (US) 'Here and Now'.




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 in Tyden 12.01.2014
Article about The Sochi Project featured in Czech newspaper Tyden.




The Sochi Project in LeMonde 11.01.2014


Extensive covering / presentation of The Sochi Project in French daily newspaper Le Monde.




The Sochi Project slideshow featured on Stern 11.01.2014
The Sochi Project slideshow 'Strand, Tanz und Bürgerkrieg' on Stern.de




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.




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 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).




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.




Double page nrc.next 19.10.2013


Short piece about cancelled exhibition in Saturday supplement of nrc.next.




IDFA Doclab Awards 20.10.2013
Our new website www.thesochiproject.org is nominated for the IDFA Doclab Awards 2013.




The Sochi Project at Lenta 18.10.2013
Online slideshow of the cancelled exhibition at Winzavod Moscow now at Lenta.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.




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, sahdow opening , visa problems and more at Snob.ru




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»




Huffington Post reports on visa refusal 01.10.2013
Interview by Elizabeth Kiem: A Potemkin Village for an Olympic Home




Interview in Volkskrant V 30.09.2013


Extensive interview in Volkskrant V about The Sochi Project and visa problems.




Moscow News on visa refusal 01.10.2013
Russia denies visa to Dutch journalist awarded for Sochi Project




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




Slon.ru reports on visa refusal 30.09.2013
Мы стали первыми журналистами, которых не пустили в Россию




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




Calvert Journal on visa refusal 30.09.2013
Calvert Journal: Russian authorities refuse to renew Dutch journalist’s visa




Pauw & Witteman 30.09.2013


Together with Arnold van Bruggen in live talkshow Pauw & Witteman (Dutch)




NOS op 3 30.09.2013
Daily news program on national TV.




1 Vandaag 30.09.2013
On national television daily news show '1 Vandaag'.




De Volkskrant 30.09.2013




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
Article in The Calvert Journal: 'Game changer: The Sochi Project tells the real stories of Russia’s new Olympic region'.




'Secret History' in Latvian FK Magazine 16.07.2013
Article about 'The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova and the North Caucasus' in Latvian FK Magazine (English / Latvian).




Interview at Hermitage Amsterdam 14.07.2013
On Sunday July 14, 2013, I will be interviewed in a series of six interviews in the Hermitage Amsterdam (start at 12 pm). The interviews are part of the weekend program Viewing Copy: Russia with various conversations, interviews and films.




Seminar / workshop in Berlin 15.06.2013
Together with writer Arnold van Bruggen and designer Jeroen Kummer I will be doing a one-day seminar in which we will unveil all secrets and behind the scene working methods of The Sochi Project. Limited number of participants, please follow the link below for more info and to register.




Exhibition at Browse Fotofestival 13.06.2013 - 13.07.2013
101 Billionaires (2009) and some finished works from The Sochi Project (a.o. Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land and Sochi SIngers) are on display at the Browse Fotofestival in Berlin. Please follow the link below for more info.




New: Sochi Singers Billboards 26.05.2013


'Sochi Singers' is now available on billboard size. These billboards are developed for the retrospective exhibitions that will open from October on different locations. Three different billboards are available in an edition of 250 copies. They are printed on both sides, offering a choice of two images per billboard. Please click the link for more information.




Two Talks in Tbilisi 01.06.2013
On Saturday June 1, 2013, I will do two talks during the Tbilisi Photo Festival (Georgia). One about the region around Olympic Sochi and the second about Do-It-Yourself, self-publishing and crowdfunding.




The Secret History in London 30.05.2013
'The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova & The North Caucasus' will be the first publication to be shown in a series of 12 pop-up presentations under the name X|12. Opening Thursday May 30 at Ti Pi Tin London 18 PM. Please join for a drink and a chat!




Checkpoint Cinema 25.05.2013
On Saturday May 25, 2013 at 14 PM I will talk about some of my favorite movies (mostly documentary) in a live talkshow about activism, peace and conflict at Louis Hartlooper Complex Utrecht organized by IKV Pax Christi and Vrede van Utrecht. Please order tickets via link below.




Exhibition at Twente Biennale 23.5.2013 - 9.6.2013
Newsprint Exhibition on display at Rijksmuseum Twenthe during the Twente Biennale 2013.




The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova now on Issuu 04.05.2013

You can now view / read the complete version of my latest book 'The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova & The North Caucasus' online at Issuu.




Sochi Singers in Brazilian O Globo 03.05.2013
'Sochi Singers' featured in as well online as printed version of Brazilian newspaper O Globo.




Discount during presale 2nd ed. Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land 01.05.2013


A partly revised second edition of 'Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land' will be available soon. The reprint will be slightly smaller and texts and some images (including the cover) have been updated. We are offering a 10% discount during the presale.




New Sochi Project trip 29.04.2013 - 13.05.2013
Together with writer Arnold van Bruggen, I will be making my last trip in connection with The Sochi Project until May 13. On our schedule: Revisiting the village Krasny Vostok (from the publication: 'On the other side of the mountains', 2010) and the current status of Abkhazian refugees in Georgia. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter @thesochiproject. In case of urgent matters please call me on my Russian cell: +7 963 405 83 85




Review KIEV on Conscientious 26.04.2013
KIEV reviewed by Joerg Colberg on his website Conscientious: "Kiev thus is a timely reminder that there are all kinds of photobooks, and some can be made in fairly simple, yet effective and fun ways. Kudos to The Sochi Project for pushing the boundaries wherever they fall!"




Review The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova in NRC 05.04.2013


A great 4* review of our latest book in Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad's book supplement: "After reading this book, I was deeply impressed. Not only by what the authors - under sometimes life-threatening conditions - have established, but also by the enormous power to survive of all those ordinary people they have interviewed and portrayed and whose stories are now burned on my brain."




Limited Edition print for sale at NRC 01.04.2013
The cover from the book 'Life Here is Serious' is exclusively for sale at the online NRC Art shop. Numbered and signed edition of 30 prints (30 x 36 cm).




New work from the North Caucasus in exhibition Moscow 10.03.2013 - 24.03.2013
New work from the North Caucasus will be on display during a group exhibition at FOTODOC Centre for documentary photography in Moscow: 'Russia in Focus: The image of the country through the eyes of the Dutch and Flemish Photographers'. Together with my writing collegae Arnold van Bruggen I will do a short presentation about The Sochi Project on March 10, 2013 at 19 PM.




Next Sochi Project trip 09.03.2013 - 25.03.2013
Together with writer Arnold van Bruggen, I will be traveling in the Sochi region from March 9 - 25. On our schedule: Revisiting Abkhazia and attending the World Championship Speed Skating (Olympic test event). In case of urgent matters please call me on my Russian cell: +7 963 405 83 85




Paris Photo presentation on display in Den Haag 04.03.2013 - 29.03.2013


Atrium Foundation Den Haag together with Movies that Matter Festival brings the Paris Photo exhibition to The Hague. Please follow the link below for more information.




Review The Secret History on Conscientious 28.02.2013
Nice review by Joerg Colberg on his website Conscientious: 'For the history of the photobook, here is another example where form follows function, where Dutch photobook making shows how it should be done. Truly excellent, highly recommended.'




North Caucasus series featured on CNN Photos 11.02.2013
An excerpt from our new book 'The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova' is now featured on CNN Photos.




Newsletter The Sochi Project 01.02.2013
Please click the link below to read the latest newsletter of The Sochi Project, my long-term collaborative project with writer / filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen about the region around Olympic Sochi.




New Book: The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova & The North Caucasus 29.01.2013


Since 2009, Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have mapped the region around Olympic Sochi on their website www.thesochiproject.org. The unstable North Caucasus described in this book lies on the other side of the mountains from Sochi. In The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova, a grim picture unfolds of the region hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics.




Video interview about photo books 25.01.2013
Short video interview at the Fotoboekenmarathon (main theme: quality versus quantity), held on Dec 16, 2012 at the photography museum Huis Marseille in Amsterdam. Now on vimeo.




Article in Dutch magazine Vrij Nederland 24.01.2013


'Bandits against Bandits' is the title of an 8-p. article in Dutch weekly magazine Vrij Nederland. It is an excerpt from our upcoming book 'The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova and the North Caucasus'.




New Book: The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova & The North Caucasus 03.01.2013
Khava Gaisanova lives in Chermen, a village in the centre of the North Caucasus. Her husband disappeared in 2007, like so many men in the North Caucasus simply disappear, are kidnapped, arrested or buried in anonymous graves.

Writer Arnold van Bruggen and photographer Rob Hornstra met her by chance and became intrigued by her story, which is drenched with blood but punctuated by the will to survive. Hornstra and Van Bruggen then came to the attention of the security forces, who ultimately prevented them from travelling through the region. Even the strong Khava was intimidated and her family has avoided all contact since. Khava’s history reads like the history of the North Caucasus itself.

Hornstra and Van Bruggen have visited the North Caucasus numerous times between 2009 and 2012. They too became victims of the violence, corruption and abuse of power that have plagued the region for centuries. This book is a penetrating account of their travels.

200 mm x 270 mm / 352 pp + 32 pp. insert / 105 Colour Photographs / English € 34.00

Until February 1, 2013 no shipping costs.




Exhibition Review Parool 03.01.2013
Exhibition Golden Years in Huis Marseille Amsterdam reviewed by Mark Moorman for daily newspaper Parool.




Sochi Singers on Zone Zero 08.12.2012
Sochi Singers featured on Zone Zero website.




KIEV amongst Photo-eye Best Books 2012 07.12.2012
'KIEV' has been selected as one of the best photobooks of 2012 at photo-eye magazine.




Paris Photo 2012 14.11.2012 - 18.11.2012



Please come and have a look at Paris Photo 2012, where my work is largely presented by Flatland Gallery, booth C33. Amongst others there will be an exhibition of large photos including captions printed on broadsheet newsprint (578 x 830 mm). This presentation, specially designed for Paris Photo, focuses primarily on recent work from The Sochi Project and depicts several contrasting themes from the project.

The newsprint exhibition is available free of charge at the Flatland Gallery during Paris Photo. The exhibition can also be purchased from The Sochi Project web shop.




Review KIEV at Photo-eye Blog 13.11.2012
KIEV reviewed by Sarah Bradley: "The physical weaknesses of analog technology make for metaphorical advantages, and The Sochi Project has managed to find poetic expressions in the chaos of life."




Interview Photo Book Review 09.11.2012
A conversation between Jörg M. Colberg and me is published in the third issue of 'The Photobook Review', a newspaper published by Aperture in collaboration with Paris Photo.




Paris Photo vu par David Lynch 08.11.2012



I am very proud that world famous director and film maker David Lynch included one of my pictures in his 'Paris Photo vu par...' selection for Paris Photo 2012.The resulting journey of that selection will be identified in the Fair and a book will be published by Steidl.




Interview Trajectum 10.11.2012
Interview 'I am not a photographer' in Trajectum Magazine, in connection with the Exhibition 'Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land' at the Hogeschool Utrecht / FEM.




Exhibition at Hogeschool Utrecht / FEM Faculty 07.11.2012 - 21.12.2012
The Sochi Projects traveling exhibition 'Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land' is currently on display at the Hogeschool Utrecht / FEM Faculty. Institutions can rent this exhibition. For more information please click the link below to download a fact sheet (PDF) with terms and conditions.




Review KIEV in Polka Magazine 07.11.2012
KIEV reviewed by Rémi Coignet for French Polka Magazine.




KIEV on Royal Cheese 02.11.2012
The third Sochi Project Sketchbook 'KIEV' on Russian website Royal Cheese.




KIEV 26.10.2012


As it is complicated to get an idea of the new sketchbook KIEV in still photography, here is a little movie. For more information, please follow the link below.




UNSEEN & Offprint Amsterdam 19.09.2012 - 23.09.2012
Flatland Gallery will present prints and books from The Sochi Project Sketchbook Series at the UNSEEN Photography Fair Amsterdam. At the same time The Sochi Project has its own table at nearby Offprint with books, prints and the presentation of our new Sketchbook KIEV.




Talk and seminar in Helsinki Thursday 20.09.2012 - Saturday 22.09.201
Two-day seminar about self-publishing at Photo-Do in Helsinki, Finland on Friday September 21 (11-19) and Saturday September 22 (10-18). You can also bring your book dummy for feedback. The night before (Thursday September 20) I'll be doing a introduction talk at Photo-Do (free entrence for seminar participants and Photo-Do members). Please click the link below for more information.




Launch new sketchbook 19.09.2012



Launch of the new Sochi Project Sketchbook 'KIEV' at Offprint / Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam (September 19-23, 2012). You can pre-order the book without shipping costs in the online shop of The Sochi Project.




Exhibition and talk in Bornse Synagoge 15.09.2012 - 28.10.2012
Work from the series 'Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land' will be on display at the Bornse Synagoge. Opening Saturday September 15 at 16 pm. Talk Sunday September 16 at 15 pm.




The Sochi Project Newsletter 05.09.2012
Please click the link below to read the Sochi Project newsletter about a new sketchbook, an almost sold-out sketchbook, Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam, Offprint Amsterdam, an exhibition for rent, our upcoming annual publication and the first announcement of a final presentation.




Out of Office 21.07.2012 - 09.08.2012
I am taking a break until August 9, 2012 and will not check my email or telephone. For commissions, archive and image licensing, please contact INSTITUTE / Matt Shonfeld / +44 1225 462 968 / matt@instituteartist.com




Wrestling series in Vrij Nederland 12.07.2012



Eight page photo reportage about wrestlers from the North Caucasus in Dutch weekly magazine Vrij Nederland.




Magnum Expression Award 04.07.2012
Very happy to announce that my series ‘Safety First’ won the Magnum Expression Award.




Out of office 21.06.2012 - 15.07.2012
Together with writer Arnold van Bruggen, I will be traveling in the North Caucasus region until July 15, 2012. Please click the link below to follow us on Facebook. For urgent matters, please call me on my Russian mobile +7 963 405 83 85. For commissions, archive and image licensing, please contact INSTITUTE / Matt Shonfeld / +44 1225 462 968 / matt@instituteartist.com




Sochi Singers wins at PDN 01.06.2012



The book 'Sochi Singers' is chosen as one of the winners at the PDN Photo Annual 2012 (book category). Please click the link below for more information or to order the book.




Interview at Russia Today 22.05.2012
Interview in connection with WPPh12 Moscow on Russian international TV Channel Russia Today.




World Press Photo Moscow 18.05.2012 - 19.05.2012
On May 18, 2012 I will be in Moscow for the opening of World Press Photo in Art Center "Vetoshny" in Moscow. Next day I will do a talk about The Sochi Project.




New book: Life here is serious 06.05.2012
In Life here is serious we describe the North Caucasus' most popular national sport, wrestling. Every town and village has a wrestling school. North Caucasians always win medals at the Olympics. In the Caucasus wrestling is not just a sport, it is an integral part of the culture and history of a region paralysed by war and violence.‘Wrestling is serious, because life here is serious.’

150 x 210 mm / 48pp + 1 fold out / 28 colour photographs / Hardback with photo-illustrated dust jacket / All books are numbered 1-750.

Life here is serious is the second book in the Sketchbook Series. By purchasing titles from this new series, you are also supporting The Sochi Project.




Dutch book presentations in Milan 05.05.2012
Book presentation of four Dutch artists during the Milan Image Art Fair (MIA): 'Nomads', by Jeroen Toirkens, Playground', by Jeroen Hofman, 'Dream Cities', by Anoek Steketee and 'Sochi Singers' by Rob Hornstra. Saturday May 5, 2012 18:30 PM.




Workshop in Milan 05-06.05.2012



On May 5-6, 2012 I will be doing a seminar about 'Do-It-Yourself' (like self-publishing) at Linke Lab in Milan. Please download the PDF for more information about the program and fee.




Interview on Lenta.ru 30.04.2012
Interview (in Russian language) on media blog lenta.ru.




Sochi Singers wins Sony World Photography Award 27.04.2012
After winning at World Press Photo, 'Sochi Singers' has now won the first prize at the Sony World Photography Awards - Arts & Culture category.




Presale 'Life here is serious' 23.04.2012
The presale of my new book 'Life here is serious' has started. 'Life here is serious' is the second book in The Sochi Project Sketchbook Series. All books are numbered 1-750. Please click the link below for more information.




World Press Photo Award Days 20-21.04.2012
On Saturday April 21, I will be doing a 10 minutes presentation at the Award Days of World Press Photo in Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324 in Amsterdam. Exact time to be announced.




'Empty land...' on We-make-money-not-art 19.04.2012
Article about our exhibition at Foto8 London on We-make-money-not-art.




Radio Kunststof 17.04.2012
On Tuesday April 16, I was on Dutch national radio (Kunststof NPS Radio 1) from 19:02 - 20:04.




Exhibition Foto8 London 15.03.2012 - 21.04.2012
'Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land' will be on display at Foto8 gallery in London. Opening Thursday 15 March, 6.30 PM. Talk on Friday 16 March, 6.30 PM.




Interview on RoyalCheese.Ru 15.03.2012
Interview in connection with the 1th prize for 'Sochi Singers' at World Press Photo and The Sochi Project in general on Russian website RoyalCheese.Ru.




Out of office 16.02.2012 - 09.03.2012
Together with writer Arnold van Bruggen, I will be traveling in the North Caucasus region from February 16 - March 9, 2012. Please click the link below to follow us on Facebook. For urgent matters, please call me on my Russian mobile +79634058385. For commissions, archive and image licensing, please contact INSTITUTE / Matt Shonfeld / +44 1225 462 968 / matt@instituteartistmanagement.com.




Interview in British Journal of Photography 14.02.2012
Interview about the importance of winning at World Press Photo in the British Journal of Photography.




Sochi Singers on Time Lightbox 13.02.2012
Sochi Singers has been featured on Time Lightbox: Summer Songs of the Russian Riviera.




Winner World Press Photo 10.02.2012
Sochi Singers won the first prize in the World Press Photo competition 2012 (Arts & Entertainment stories).




Newsletter The Sochi Project 08.02.2012
Please click the link below to read the latest newsletter of The Sochi Project, my long-term collaborative project with writer / filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen about the region around Olympic Sochi.




Poster offer: Buy one, get one free 03.02.2012



Bargain hunters, here is your chance: A special poster offer until Sunday 12 February in The Sochi Project web shop: buy one poster and get the second one free. While stock last.




Finalist Sony World Photography Awards 02.02.2012
My series 'Sochi Singers' made it to the top three finalists in the Sony World Photography Awards. The winner will be announced in London on 26 April.




Review Sochi Singers on Conscientious 28.01.2012
Good review by Joerg Colberg (Conscientious blog) on 'Sochi Singers', the third annual publication within The Sochi Project. It is interesting to see that Colberg understands what we are doing, by putting this annual publication into the larger context of The Sochi Project: "With a focus on a very troubled region, The Sochi Project’s attention to something that is very much part of that region, but that is not part of any sort of trouble (other than the audible kind), shows that hard-hitting documentary work can indeed be combined with something that is lighter fare. "




Second prize Zilveren Camera 2011 22.01.2012
'Sochi Singers' won the second prize in the 'Arts, Culture and Entertainment' category of the Zilveren Camera competition (the Dutch prices for best photojournalism of the year).




Sochi Singers in De Volkskrant 19.01.2012



Article about Sochi Singers in Dutch daily newspaper De Volkskrant: 'Every night popsa at the Russian riviera'.




Interview on Ilovethatphoto 03.01.2012
Interview on ilovethatphoto magazine.




Interview on Landscape Stories 24.12.2011
Interview on Landscape Stories website.




My Top Photo Books 2011 21.12.2011



These days, everyone makes a list of his or her favourite photo books of 2011. It’s a great trend and I don't want to be left behind. My list differs somewhat from the most prominent list makers. In order to make it into my top 10, a book must, above all, tell an intriguing story. The main criterion is that, sitting on my sofa in the evening, I can lose myself in a book. Text, photography and design have to be balanced and serve the content. I regularly see books where form dominates content.




Best Photo Book 2011 16.12.2011
'Sochi Singers' has been selected by Jörg Colberg (Conscientious) as one of his favourite photobooks of 2011.




Christmas Deals @ The Sochi Project SHOP 01.12.2011 - 07.12.2011
From December 1-7, 2011: Every day 15% discount on a combination of items in The Sochi Project SHOP. Also the last option to buy a copy of '101 Billionaires - Crisis Edition', as the stock has run out.




Interview New European Economy 20.11.2011
Interview in The New European Economy about The Sochi Project.




Review book 'Safety First' 19.11.2011
Joerg Colberg: 'Occasionally, photographers publish their contact sheets, and often, the one shot you are familiar with clearly is the only worthwhile image. In contrast, this book is not filled with lots of bad photographs and the occasional good one. Instead, the majority of the images are very interesting'.




Now available: Sochi Singers * Special Edition 18.11.2011


Now available in our webshop: Sochi Singers * Special Edition (signed book + two c-prints (29 x 37 cm.) + custom made protective envelop in a solid glossy white hardboard slipcase). Edition of 25.




Interview LeMonde 17.11.2011
Une conversation avec Rob Hornstra: Interview in LeMonde (weblog on Photography and Books).




Artist talk Groningen 16.11.2011
On Wednesday November 16, I will talk about The Sochi Project in Galerie Noorderlicht Groningen. More speakers during the seminar are Lars Boering (Fotografenfederatie) Fred vd Ende (Zilveren Camera) and Reyer Boxem (photographer). Start 19:30 PM.




Paris Photo - Saturday 12.11.2011
2.30pm: Round table conversation at the LIVE Platform at Paris Photo together with Jim Goldberg, Marysia Lewandowska, Taryn Simon, Mikhael Subotzky, and Marie Murraciole (moderator).
5.30pm: Book signing 'Sochi Singers' and 'Safety First' at Flatland Gallery booth D33.




Paris Photo - Thursday 10.11.2011
6.00pm: Book signing 'Sochi Singers' and 'Safety First' at Komineks booth at Offprint Paris.




Paris Photo - Wednesday 09.11.2011
6pm: Be welcome at Le Bal Paris for the launch of 'Sochi Singers', the third annual publication as part of The Sochi Project. With drinks and good music (Russian chansons). In addition we also launch 'Safety First', the first title in the new Sketchbook Series.




NEW: Safety First 01.11.2011
Safety First is entirely composed of negatives which were damaged by x-ray scanners in Grozny. In the Chechen capital, these scanners are not only placed at the entrance to the airport or government buildings, but also to shops, gyms, restaurants and outside on squares. In Safety First we ask what the difference is between security and a false sense of security.

150 x 210 mm / 48pp / 41 Colour Photographs / Hardbound with photo-illustrated dust-jacket / € 35.00 / Signed copy / All books are numbered 1-750.

Safety First is the first book in the Sketchbook Series. By purchasing titles from this new series, you are also supporting The Sochi Project.




Workshop in Antwerp (Belgium) 28.10.2011
On Friday October 28, 2011 I will take part in a workshop about new models and experimentation together with Bram Souffreau (chair), Alex Wood, Arnold Van Bruggen, Olaf Koens and Johan Weisz.




New book: Sochi Singers 21.10.2011


This week my new book Sochi Singers comes back from the printer. Signed copies are for sale in the online store of The Sochi Project.




Exhibition FotoGrafia Rome 23.09.2011 - 23.10.2011
The FotoGrafia Festival in Rome has asked me to curate an exhibition around the theme ‘Motherland’. In the group exhibition ‘New Dutch Storytellers’, I show how my own work is influenced by innovative young Dutch documentary photographers such as William Popelier, Anne Geene and Anna Dasovic. The FotoGrafia Festival opens on Thursday, 22 September at the MACRO Testaccio. I will be giving a talk on Friday, 23 September.




Exhibition at Savignano Imagini Festival 09-11.09.2011
'Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land' will be on display at Savignano Festival in Italy.




Out of office 30.06.2011 - 26.07.2011
Together with writer Arnold van Bruggen, I will be traveling in the Sochi region from June 30 - July 26, 2011. Please click the link below to follow us on Facebook. For commissions, archive and image licensing, please contact INSTITUTE / Matt Shonfeld / +44 1225 462 968 / matt@instituteartistmanagement.com. In case of urgent matters, please call me on my Russian mobile: +7 928 446 0685.




Volkskrant Grote Fotografen 25.06.2011


This week (only with a coupon from Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant + € 6.99) for sale at Free Record Shop, Primera, The Readshop, Plantage Boekhandel of de Bijenkorf. Or order the entire series (portfolios of 20 photographers in a box) by clicking the link below (only available in Dutch language).




Interview on Arts in Conflict Blog 22.06.2011
Interview on blog about arts, conflicts, activism and beauty, an initiative by the Treaty of Utrecht 2013.




Dutch Doc Award ceremony 11.06.2011


Please be welcome at the award ceremony for the Dutch Doc Award in the garden of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht at 8 PM. No entrance fee but limited space.




Episode Picture Perfect by VBS.TV online 31.05.2011
VBS.TV (Vice) made a film about me working in Utrecht and Sochi (16:29 minutes).




De Volkskrant about the Dutch Doc Awards 27.05.2011
Article in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant about the projects of the six nominees for the Dutch Doc Awards.




Sofagespräch in Zurich 21.05.2011
During the Swiss Photo Award days in Zürich, I will take part in an on stage conversation with Lars Willumeit, picture editor of Du Magazin. Saturday May 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM, Selnaustrasse 25, 8001 Zürich.




Exhibition Dutch Doc Award 21.05.2011 - 19.06.2011


In connection with the nomination for the Dutch Doc Awards 2011, the exhibition Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land will be on display at museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht. Opening Friday, May 20, 2011 4:00 PM. Please download the invitation for more information.




Workshop Dortmund 18.05.2011 - 19.05.2011
On Thursday and Friday I will be giving a two-day workshop about self publishing, crowdfunding etc. during the Focus Award days in Dortmund.




INSTITUTE Workshop London 14.05.2011 - 15.05.2010
Together with fellow INSTITUTE photographers Zed Nelson and Simon Norfolk I will be giving a talk at the INSTITUTE U seminar on May 14th in London. Please click on the link below for more information about the INSTITUTE U seminar weekend.




Lectures at Creative Amsterdam 2011 12.05.2011
I will be present at 'Creative Amsterdam 2011' to do a talk on Thursday at 11:30 AM and a presentation on Thursday at 16:00 PM (together with Arnold van Bruggen). Please click on the link below for more information.




Exhibition Nordic Light Kristiansund (Norway) 03.05.2011 - 07.05.2011
‘On the other side of the mountains’ will be on display at Nordic Light International Festival of Photography. Together with Arnold van Bruggen I will do a presentation on Wednesday at 8:30 AM.




Research trip to Sochi 23.04.2011 - 29.04.2011


From April 23 until 29 I'll be in Sochi investigating the new subject for our upcoming annual publication. In case you need to contact me in this period, please call me on my Russian mobile: +7 928 446 0685.




Exhibition Luxembourg 28.04.2011 - 29.05.2011
‘On the other side of the mountains’ will be on display at Carre Rotondes, 1, rue de l’Aciérie, L-1112 Luxembourg-Hollerich. Vernissage Wednesday April 27 at 18:00 PM.




Nomination for the Dutch Doc Award 21.04.2011
The Sochi Project is nominated for the Dutch Doc Award 2011 along with five other projects. Award ceremony on June 11, 2011 in Utrecht.




Lecture in Newcastle 15.04.2011
Lecture about self publishing and the future of photo books at a symposium organized by the North East Photography Network in Newcastle (UK).




Artist talk in Gent 07.04.2011
Artist talk at 19:00 PM at the 'anatomisch auditorium KASK' in Gent (belgium) organized by Punctum in collaboration with the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten.




Exhibition Hamburg 03.04.3011 - 20.05.2011
'On the other side of the mountains' and a brand new exhibition of 'Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land' on display at FreeLens Galerie in Hamburg (Germany), part of the fifth Triennale der Photographie. Opening Saterday April 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm.




ONE DAY Release Party in Berlin 24.03.2011
On June 21st, 2010, ten photographers shot each a series for a book, in different places around the world. The participating photographers are Alec Soth, Eva Maria Ocherbauer, Gerry Badger, Harvey Benge, Jessica Backhaus, John Gossage, Martin Parr, Rinko Kawauchi, Todd Hido and myself. I made a book about the district 'Ondiep' where I am living, which is listed as one of the most problematic districts in the Netherlands. My favorite neighbors Willem and Kid are both real Ondiep people, although they are complete opposites. Berlin release party, March 24 19-22 PM, Immanuelkirchstr.12 Berlin.




Artist talk in Zutphen and Utrecht 23.03.2011 & 25.03.2011
On Wednesday March 23, 2011 at 8:00 PM I will do a talk at photo collective De Zutphense, Oude Bornhof in Zutphen and on Friday March 25, at 8:00 PM at UCK, Ganzenmarkt 14 in (my hometown) Utrecht.




Exhibition at Flatland Gallery 19.02.2011 - 19.03.2011


Please join us at Flatland Gallery for the opening reception of the exhibition 'Inside - How any story should ultimately be told'. Saturday February 26, 2011 at 4 pm.




The Sochi Project in Cardiff 19.02.2011 - 20.03.2011
Exhibition and talk at Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, Wales, UK. The exhibition reports on the current state of The Sochi Project. Opening Night Preview: Friday, 18 February 2011, 7pm. Talk on Saturday, 19 February 2011, 5pm.




Masterclass in Manchester, UK. 17.02.2011
Thursday February 17, 2011 I will do a day-long masterclass at Redeye, the Photography Network in Manchester, UK. Please click on the link below for detailed information.




Interview VPRO TV guide 12.02.2011
Interview about The Sochi Project in Dutch TV guide VPRO gids.




Art Rotterdam 10.02.2011 - 13.02.2011
Some work from 'On the other side of the mountains' at Flatland Gallery, booth # 71 at Art Rotterdam.




Workshop and artist talk in Rome, Italy. 05.02.2011 - 06.02.2011
The weekend of February 5-6, I will do a two-days-workshop at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia. Plus on Saturday at 7 PM a presentation around our new publication Empty land at Officine Fotografiche. Please click on the link for detailed information on both events.




On the other side of the mountains winner of the Canon Prize 2010 24.01.2011
Yesterday On the other side of the mountains has won the Canon Award 2010, a special prize within the Zilveren Camera for the best and innovative photo stories of 2010. You can buy this (and other) publication(s) by clicking 'Order' at the top of this page.




Photo-eye best books of 2010 09.01.2011
'Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land' has been selected as one of the best photobooks of 2010 at photo-eye magazine.




Out of office 24.12.2010 - 10.01.2011
Together with writer Arnold van Bruggen, I will be in the Sochi region (Russia) until January 10,2011. You can follow us on Facebook or Twitter. For commissions, archive and image licensing, please contact INSTITUTE / Matt Shonfeld / matt [at] instituteartistmanagement.com. In case of urgent matters, please call me on my Russian mobile +79284460685.




Portraits in magazine and newspaper 22.12.2010


End-of-the-year assignments for weekly magazine Vrij Nederland and Dutch daily newspaper De Volkskrant. More examples in the editorial section of my Portfolio (please click the link at the top of this page)




Review new book Empty land... at Conscientious 04.12.2010
Joerg Colberg at Conscientious: "While you could treat Empty Land as a photobook, in reality it’s something different. In a nutshell, it’s a documentary, transformed into book form (...) It does it in a way that, I think, hints at where at least some contemporary photojournalism is moving. (...) A most excellent book, highly recommended." Please continue reading by clicking the link below.




The making of... in Ahorn Magazine 29.11.2010
My article about The making of our newspaper-cum-exhibition 'On the other side of the mountains', is now featured in Ahorn Magazine.




Review new book Empty land... 28.11.2010
Please click on the link below to read a nice review on our new book at 'Buffet' (Andrew Phelps' great blog about photobooks, special editions etc, etc..)




Honorable mention in Magnum Expression Awards 25.11.2010
Honorable mention for 'On the other side of the mountains' in this years Magnum Expression Awards.




Launch: Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land 10.11.2010

‘Empty Land, Promised Land, Forbidden Land’ is about the small country of Abkhazia. The book’s international launch will take place on November 18 at Off Print Paris (book fair), Espace Kiron, 10 rue de la Vacquerie, Paris (France). In The Netherlands, the book will be presented two days earlier in Pegasus bookshop, accompanied by vodka and snacks. Jelle Brandt Corstius will provide an introduction.




Launch 'Empty land...' in Amsterdam November 16, 2010 at 17.00
Book presentation of ‘Empty Land, Promised Land, Forbidden Land’ in Pegasus bookshop, Singel 367, Amsterdam (NL). With an introduction by Jelle Brandt Corstius.




The Sochi Project Christmas cards 03.11.2010


You can now support The Sochi Project by buying your Christmas cards from us. Only five euros + p&p for 6 big Christmas cards (13 x 18 cm.) in a leporello. Please click on order at the top of this page to see the cards and how to order.




Exhibition Bratislava 03.11.2010 - 28.11.2010
‘On the other side of the mountains’ will be on display at the Mesiac Fotografie 2010, Prepoštská 4, Bratislava (Slovakia). Opening on Wednesday November 3 19:00 PM at Galeria Hopkirk.




Exhibition MUSA Wien (Austria) 29.10.2010 - 08.01.2011


‘On the other side of the mountains’ will be on display at Eyes On: Month of Photography Vienna, MUSA Museum auf Abruf, Felderstraße 6-8, Wien.




Artist talk in Zwolle 26.10.2010
On Tuesday October 26, 2010 at 8:00 PM I will do a talk at the Muzerie in Zwolle.




Exhibition Berlinische Galerie 15.10.2010 - 28.11.2010
‘On the other side of the mountains’ will be on display at the Europäischer Monat der Fotografie, Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-128 in Berlin (Germany).




Exhibition Fotografia Festival Roma 24.09.2010 - 24.10.2010


‘On the other side of the mountains’ will be on display as part of the Mutations III exhibition during Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma (Italy). I will attend the opening on Thursday September 23, 2010.




Artist talk at Spazio Labo Bologna 21.09.2010
On Tuesday September 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM I’ll do a talk about The Sochi Project at Spazio Labo - Centro di Fotografia in Bologna. With an introduction by photo editor Maurizio Garofalo.




Russian WWII veterans in Photo RAW 09.09.2010
Finish Photo RAW magazine has published an extensive selection of my series Russian WWII veterans, plus an interview with me about The Sochi Project, Russia and more.




Article in British Journal of Photography 31.08.2010
Nice article by Olivier Laurent in the British Journal of Photography about The Sochi Project.




On the other side of the mountains 23.08.2010
In collaboration with writer Arnold van Bruggen I started The Sochi Project in 2009. Over the course of five years we want to map out the extensive region around the Russian resort Sochi. This is where the Olympic Winter Games will be held in 2014. The Games are being organized in Russia's most unstable region, the Caucasus. ‘On the other side of the mountains’ is a story about Krasny Vostok, a village with one foot in the 19th century, still partially without gas and electricity. There is no reason to portray this village; and that's why we did. The Caucasus is more than just conflict and refugees, fundamentalist Islam or billion dollar Games.




The making of On the other side of the mountains 17.08.2010


The new publication ‘On the other side of the mountains’ is part of The Sochi Project and has been specially designed and produced for the European Month of Photography (EMOP). If you are interested in the making of this 64 page newspaper-cum-do-it-yourself-exhibition please visit the sketchbook of our website thesochiproject.org where you can view all dummies and more.




Sanatorium in Sunday Times 08.08.2010
Sanatorium was published in Sunday Times Magazine. Please click the link below to view the article.




Lecture and masterclass in Leeuwarden 23 | 24-07.2010
On Friday July 23 at 2:00 PM I will give a lecture during Foto Leeuwarden in Grand Hotel Post Plaza, Tweebaksmarkt 25, Leeuwarden. Next day (July 24, 10:00 - 17:00) I will do a masterclass at Media Art Friesland, Blokhuisplein 40, Leeuwarden.




In Your Face Group Exhibition 19.06.2010 - 12.09.2010
In collaboration with the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, the Centraal Museum Utrecht presents, between 19 June and 13 September 2010, the exhibition In your face. Stip 2010 and art now. A preview of my new work Empty Land / Promised Land / Forbidden Land is on display.




FOTOBUCH TAGE 05.06.2010
On Saturday June 5, at 3:00 PM I will give a lecture during the FOTOBUCH TAGE in Hamburg.




Winner NYPF Book Award 2010 17.05.2010


The Sochi Project annual publication 'Sanatorium' has won the New York Photo Book Award 2010. A limited number of copies is still available for donators of The Sochi Project.




FotoBook Festival 16.05.2010
On Sunday May 16, at 10:00 AM I will give a lecture during the FotoBook Festival in Kassel.




New: 101 Billionaires (Crisis Box) 12.05.2010
My book 101 Billionaires - Crisis Edition has almost sold out (but can still be purchased through some bookshops and of course my own website). For the last copies I have designed a Crisis Box (edition of 25 @ €99 + p&p). This is a signed copy of the book in a handcrafted box. Every box has its own small image from the original archival print mounted on the front. Please click on order for more images of the box. Update 18.05.2010: Sorry, the box is sold out.




New York Photo Festival 12.05.2010 - 16.05.2010
I will be in New York from May 10 - 14, 2010. Some work from The Sochi Project will be on display at the New York Photo Festival. On Thursday May 13 11:00 AM, I will be participating in a panel discussion in the St. Ann's Warehouse and Friday May 14 I'll be doing an artist talk on self-publishing photobooks (also in the St. Ann's Warehouse) from 1-1:45 PM.




Review 101 Billionaires 08.05.2010
101 Billionaires was reviewed by Melanie Manchot for the UK based magazine Photoworks.




Guernica Magazine 15.03.2010
101 Billionaires featured in Guernica magazine (a magazine of art and politics): 'At the beginning of 2008, the list of the richest Russians contained 101 billionaires; a magical number that for the time being will not be matched. These photographs document a very different Russia.'




The OUTLOOK Magazine 19.03.2010


Portfolio (work from Russia) published in The Outlook Magazine (China).




Masterclass Fotomuseum Antwerpen 10.03.2010 - 12.03.2010
I'll be teaching everything I know in a masterclass organized by the Fotomuseum Antwerpen (Belgium) from Wednesday until Friday March 10-12, 2010. Please click on the link below for more information.




AVRO Maand van de Fotografie 01.03.2010
Dutch broadcasting company AVRO presents "The Month of Photography". From March 1, 2010 the website kunst.avro.nl is entirely devoted to photography. This interview (as part of the month of photography) can now be seen on kunst.avro.nl. It was recorded right before the opening of the exhibition 'Quickscan' in the Nederlands Fotomuseum. And yes, it was a bit early for us.




Spijkers met Koppen - Radio 2 06.03.2010
Together with Arnold van Bruggen - my writing companion in The Sochi Project - I will be on Dutch radio (Spijkers met Koppen, channel 2) on Saturday March 06, 2010 around 1 pm.




Interview in Parool 27.02.2010
Nice interview with a misplaced headline in Parool (Dutch newspaper) about The Sochi Project and more.




Visura Magazine 26.02.2010
Visura Magazine - issue 8 - is entirely dedicated to INSTITUTE artists Lauren Greenfield, Joshua Lutz, Gerd Ludwig, James Longley, Zed Nelson, Jeff Jacobson, Nadav Kander, Simon Norfolk, Paul Shambroom, Jodi Bieber, Reni Effendi and me.




OBA Live 17.02.2010
On Wednesday February 17, I will be on Dutch Radio from 7-9 pm.




Art Rotterdam 03.02.2010 - 07.10.2010
From Wednesday until Sunday, Flatland Gallery will show new work from The Sochi Project at Art Rotterdam. On the opposite of the street the Nederlands Fotomuseum also shows The Sochi Project, but in a completely different way. On Saturday February 6, 2010 at 4 p.m. I will be at the museum for a book signing.




The Sochi Project poster campaign 18.01.2010


Organized by 3/3 & Mandeep Photography, the city of Rome is being glued over by giant posters. The Sochi Project is on show at two exhibitions. During QuickscanNL#01 in the Nederlands Fotomuseum from January 16 untill May 24 and during a solo exhibition at Mandeep Photography (Rome, Italy) from January 29 untill March 27. In collaboration with Roman curators Chiara Capodici and Fiorenza Pinna (3/3) and our magnificent designers Kummer & Herrman we have developed a set of 5 posters which will be available at both venues in a custom made silkscreened packaging (print run 300). Please click on the link below to see the box and posters on the website of Kummer & Herrman. The poster boxes will be for sale on both locations.




Sanatorium in Vrij Nederland magazine 09.01.2010


Dutch weekly magazine Vrij Nederland featured our Sanatorium series. To view more Sanatorium please scroll down and click through the first annual publication in connection with The Sochi Project.




Sanatorium III 31.12.2009
Please click on the link below to read a review about Sanatorium on 5b4.




Sanatorium II 27.12.2009
Please click on the link below to read a review about Sanatorium on Buffet.




Volkskrant Christmas Annex 24.12.2009


Thursday, December 24 Dutch daily newspaper De Volkskrant published a special Christmas annex starring eleven more and less famous people looking back at 2009. I photographed all portraits for this annex.




Radio interview 08.12.2009
Together with writer / filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen I was in an interview about The Sochi Project.




Sanatorium I 04.12.2009
Please click on the link below to read a article about The Sochi Project and our first annual publication Sanatorium on Conscientious.




INSTITUTE For Artist Management 01.12.2009
I am happy to announce that I have joined INSTITUTE for Artist Management.




Paris Photo 18.11.2009 - 22.11.2009
New work from the The Sochi Project will be shown at Paris Photo (Flatland Gallery / booth F 19). Make sure you get a copy of the new publication Sanatorium (print run only 350 copies) on Friday (20th November) at 4 pm in Flatlands booth.




Interview about The Sochi Project 10.11.2009
Please click the link below to read an interview about The Sochi Project on the website Media Kritiek (an initiative of the Pascal Decroos Foundation).




Exhibition Athens Photo Festival (APhF:09) 06.11.2009
101 Billionaires will be shown in the main exhibition of the Athens Photo Festival '09. Main program's inauguration Friday November 6, 20:00 Esplanade Building, Faliron Olympic Complex.




Sanatorium (annual publication 2009) 31.10.2009
The coastal strip on the Black Sea around the subtropical resort of Sochi (Russia) has for decades been famous for its sanatoria. During the Soviet era, millions of workers were sent to one of these sanatoria annually to revive their spirits and strengthen their bodies. Today, the sanatoria are still fully booked year round mostly with elderly or disabled Russians. In the run-up to the Olympic Winter Games in 2014, almost all the sanatoria will be converted into luxury hotels. There is no place for sentimentality when it comes to the past. Sanatorium is an ode to these Soviet strongholds, revealing a deep-seated love for spas that is firmly embedded in the Russian soul.



For more information about the annual publication Sanatorium please click on 'Order'at the top of this page.




Yossi Milo Gallery NYC 27.09.2009
One of my favorite photographers Alec Soth once wrote on his blog after visiting New York: “…I only had time to visit one gallery. But it wasn’t hard to make a choice. Nobody has better photography than Yossi Milo...”. So I am very proud that Yossi Milo also wants to show my photography. From now on, my work is represented by two galleries: Flatland Gallery NL / Paris and Yossi Milo Gallery NYC.




Nomination Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 10.09.2009
With the book 101 Billionaires, I have been nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2010 (longlist). The shortlist will be announced at the end of October.




Exhibition Noorderlicht 01.09.2009 - 10-10-2009
A small but really nice exhibition of my work will be on display in the satellite program of Noorderlicht Photo Festival in Groningen. Preview of Paris Photo. Location: Boekhandel Godert Walter, Oude Ebbingestraat 53, 9712 HC Groningen.




Portfolio in Aperture Magazine 01.08.2009
Aperture Magazine #196 (Fall 2009) will publish an eight page portfolio with work from 101 Billionaires.




Volkskrant Oog 07.07.2009 - 14.07.2009
Preview of The Sochi Project on website of daily newspaper De Volkskrant (in Dutch, this video call for Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander is subtitled in English on www.thesochiproject.org).




Design Mind Magazine 15.06.2009
The current issue of design mind pays attention to my work. Design mind is published by global innovation firm frog design.




101 Billionaires - Crisis Edition 12.06.2009
Unfortunately the second edition of 101 Billionaires had to be reprinted due to a mistake in binding. This new Crisis Edition will be delivered on July 3, 2009. To everyone who already bought the Crisis Edition via my website, I offer my sincere apologies for the delay. The book will be shipped to you as soon as possible. I will also take some copies with me to Arles Photo Festival, where I will be from July 7-10.











Exhibition Maison Européenne de la Photographie 24.06.2009 - 30.08.2009
MEP will be showing recently acquired work from their collection in a group exhibition ‘Acquisitions et donations récented’. Two of my photos are included.




Volkskrant Gallery 08.06.2009
Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant is selling one of my photos in their web gallery. This is a print in an edition of 30 (signed and numbered). For details, please click on the link below.














The Sochi Project 15.06.2009
At the same time that Fotofestival Naarden opens, I will be launching The Sochi Project. This is a new, five-year project on which I will be working with writer/filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen to document the region around Olympic Sochi. In order to be able to realise this distinct example of slow journalism we are partly dependent on donors. And so we are calling on everyone with a love of slow journalism, documentaries or photography to become a bronze, silver or gold donor. Details of the donor benefits can be found on our website. If you would like to know more about the project, come to the FestivalLive! tent at Fotofestival Naarden on 23 May 2009 at 11 o’clock.




Nomination New York Photo Awards 14.05.2009
101 Billionaires has been nominated in the book category of the New York Photo Awards 2009.




Prix de Rome exhibition 09.05.2009 - 14.06.2009
At the end of 2008 the jury of the Prix de Rome 2009 selected my work from a longlist of ten candidates. The work of these ten candidates is now being exhibited. My work can be seen in Witte de With Rotterdam.




Portfolio in P|f 30.04.2009
The current issue of Dutch photography magazine P|f pays a lot of attention to my work because of the upcoming Fotofestival Naarden (where 101 Billionaires will be exhibited). The magazine also published an eight-page portfolio with my series of portraits of WWII veterans (2003-2009).

Fotofestival Naarden will start on Saturday May 16, 2009. One week later (Saturday 23, 2009 at 11 a.m.) you are invited at the FFN to join a meeting in which writer Arnold van Bruggen and I will launch and explain our newest project: The Sochi Project. This is a unique, in-depth project with a revolutionary financing system. Learn more about it during the Fotofestival Naarden.






New Book: 101 Billionaires (2009 Crisis Edition) 23.04.3008
At the beginning of 2008, the list of richest Russians contained 101 billionaires. One year later, there are only 49 left. This drop was behind the decision to publish a second, revised edition of 101 Billionaires. The Crisis Edition has a print run of 1,000 copies. It has a hard cover and smaller format, but no fold-out pages and is therefore cheaper. The text has been adapted here and there to reflect current events.

101 Billionaires (2009 Crisis Edition) will ready in the second week of May.




Article NRC Cultureel Supplement 10.04.2009
Article in Dutch daily newspaper NRC about the fact that more and more young photographers find ways to self-publish and distribute photobooks.




The Sochi Project 05.04.2009
Just returned from a trip to the Sochi region, Abkhazia and Georgia. In 2014, the Winter Olympics will take place in Sochi, Russia. Together with writer Arnold van Bruggen, over the next five years I will intensively follow the developments taking place in this tumultuous region. To finance this project we have developed a unique concept, which we will launch (including website) during the Fotofestival Naarden (opening on 15th of May 2009).




Finalist PDN Photo Annual 02.04.2009
101 Billionaires has been selected in the book category of the Photo District News 2009 PDN Photo Annual.




101 Billionaires Sold Out 16.02.2009
Last weekend, I took the last remaining copies of my book 101 Billionaires to Markus Schaden’s bookshop for a (very quick) final book signing. The book is sold out now, although you might be able to buy copies in the following bookshops: photoeye.com, Dashwood (USA), Claire de Rouen, Henry Sotheran Ltd (UK), Flatland Gallery, Shashin (NL), Luova.fi (FIN) or the Deichtorhallen (GER).

101 Billionaires has been selling quickly. This is undoubtedly due to the fact that 101 Billionaires was included in several Top 2008 book rankings, among which were those of Jeffrey Ladd (5b4), Jörg Colberg (Conscientious) and photo.eye.com. Thank you all for your support.




Exhibition review NRC 06.02.2009
It doesn't happen very often to be compared with Tom Waits.




AVRO Opium TV 02.02.2009
On 4 February 2009, the art programme Opium TV (NL 2, 9.30 pm.) will devote a segment to my work. Afterwards the programme can be viewed online on AVRO's website




Exhibition Flatland Gallery 17.01.2009 - 28.02.2009
Flatland Gallery will start 2009 with a solo exhibition of my work. Books, prints and Special Editions from the series 101 Billionaires, Roots of the Rúntur and Communism & Cowgirls will be shown, as well as work from Georgia and the Netherlands, which has never been shown before. Wed-Sat 1-5 pm and by appointment.




photo-eye Best Books 2008 09.01.2009
101 Billionaires is selected as one of the top 10 photo books of 2008 at photo-eye.com. Photo-eye is hosting the Best Book Picks of photo-eye staff, as well as the top picks of John Gossage, Alec Soth, Andrew Phelps, Lesley A. Martin, Rebecca Solnit, Todd Hido, Richard Gordon, Markus Schaden, Michelle Dunn Marsh, Dewi Lewis, Martin Parr, Gerry Badger, Jeffery Ladd, Chris Pichler, Darius Himes, and Mark Klett.




Best Photo Books 2008 (III) 30.12.2008
Another nomination for 101 Billionaires at The Online Photographer!




Best Photo Books 2008 (II) 17.12.2008
101 Billionaires was selected by Jörg Colberg (Conscientious) as one of the 10 best photo books of 2008.




Best Photo Books 2008 (I) 08.12.2008
Jeff Ladd wrote a nice review about 101 Billionaires on his blog 5b4. Afterwards he also published a list with his 'Best Books of 2008'. 101 Billionaires is on the second place.




Interview MetropolisM 04.12.2008
Cick on the link below to read an interview on the website of Dutch art magazine MetropolisM.




Portfolio GUP Magazine 01.12.2008
A selection of 101 Billionaires is presented in the latest issue of GUP Magazine. For the ones who do want a subscription on GUP Magazine and also want to buy my book there is a special offer: Subscribe to GUP and you get 6 issues together with 101 Billionaires for only 60 euro. Please contact for further information.




Interview Conscientious 10.11.2008
Especially these days, many people ask me why do I produce books without a publisher? The answer to this question (and more) can be found in an online interview with Joerg Colberg on his great blog Conscientious.




New book 101 Billionaires 07.11.2008
Last week my new book 101 Billionaires has been delivered. The book will be sold for the first time during Paris Photo at Markus Schadens bookshop and in the Flatland Gallery stand. Flatland Gallery will also show prints and the limited edition ‘Billionaires Box’ (15 + 2 AP). A book signing in Paris is scheduled on Saturday at 4 pm.

In the presale 350 copies of 101 Billionaires were sold. The special presale price has ended. For the ones who missed the presale, but now make up their mind quickly: The first fifty orders via my website will be rewarded with a free set of five different Christmas cards (you don’t want to miss). To get a preview of the book, please click on ‘Order’ and you are able to view fifteen spreads from the book.




Kid in Volkskrant Magazine 04.10.2008
In my hometown Utrecht I am living in the working-class neighbourhood 'Ondiep', which is listed as one of the most problematic districts in the Netherlands. My favourite neighbours Willem and Kid are both real 'Ondiep-people', although they are complete opposites. When I moved to 'Ondiep' - four years ago - I started photographing them. I will continue to follow my neighbours Willem & Kid until we are all forced to leave as a result of housing development plans. An article about my neighbour Kid and his snakes appeared in the Volkskrant Magazine last weekend.










101 numbers sold 19.09.2008
The numbered edition of 101 copies is sold out. Nevertheless, you may keep on ordering. The special discount price of € 38.50 (Europe) / € 43 (overseas) will still apply to all copies purchased during the pre-sale period until November, 1th. (price includes shipping).




Pre-sale has started 17.09.2008
My upcoming book 101 Billionaires is almost finished and will be released in the first half of November. The retail price will be € 42.50 (Europe) / € 47 (overseas). The pre-sale price is € 38.50 (Europe) / € 43 (overseas). The first 101 buyers of the books will receive a numbered edition. The numbers will be assigned by order of registration. For multiple orders, the buyer will be entitled to one numbered copy only.




Exhibition New York 06.09.2008 - 18.10.2008
Work from my new project 101 Billionaires will be shown during the Silverstein Photography Annual New York. For more information, see invitation.




Exhibition Utrecht 30.08.2008 - 26.10.2008
Part of the ongoing project ‘Willem & Kid’ will be shown during the group exhibition ‘Het Geheim van Utrecht’ in the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. Opening: 30 August 2008 by A. Wolfsen (Mayor of Utrecht).




101 Billionaires 23.07.2008
Last week I returned from my final trip to Russia in connection with my new project 101 Billionaires. I went to Karachay-Cherkessia, an autonomous republic in the Caucasus where I produced a feature about tourism. This series - and more work from this region - can be viewed in my online archive.

A preview of my project 101 Billionaires can now be seen on my website for the first time, under ‘Documentary’. The book of the same name will be launched during Paris Photo. Pre-sale of the book will begin in September.








Preview Hannover 18.06.2008 - 21.06.2008
A preview of 101 Billionaires has been selected for the Festival of Young Photojournalism in Hannover (which includes work up to and including my fourth trip).




De Nieuwe (Utrechtse) Salon 12.06.2008 - 29.06.2008
My work will be shown during 'De Nieuwe Salon', a contemporary view of Utrecht-based artists in the former psychiatric hospital 'Willem Arntsz Huis', Lange Nieuwstraat 119, Utrecht (near the Centraal Museum). 'De Nieuwe Salon' is organized once every three year. Or sometimes four year. Or five. The selected artists were asked to present recent work around the theme ‘U Home’.




Holiday 07.08.08 - 21.08.08
I am out of the office from August 7 until August 21, 2008. I do not have access to my email accounts and will not be checking emails until I return. There won't be any urgent matters. (Or if so, please send a text message to my mobile phone +31 6 14365936).




Art Amsterdam 07.05.2008 - 12.05.2008
Flatland Gallery will present my work during Art Amsterdam.




De Volkskrant 30.04.2008
Interview by Merel Bem in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant.




Back from Russia 21.02.2008
I have just returned from my second trip to Siberia. In contrast to my Siberian expedition a few months ago, this one was much colder (down to -42 degrees). I worked in an industrial area in the city of Angarsk on my series for GD4Art. Besides that I worked on my upcoming book '101 Billionaires'.

Around the presidential elections there will be some extra media attention on Russia. For that reason, parts of my new project 101 Billionaires can be seen on different places. Volkskrant Magazine will publish a series of portraits of young Russians on Saturday the 1st of March. Also on that day a small exhibition will start in Amsterdam’s De Balie. Work from Abkhazia and recent work from Russia will be shown there. And from the 5th of March until the 27th of March there will be a exhibition in the Utrecht Town Hall with work from Russia (2003 / 2007). Opening on Friday the 14th of March by alderman Marka Spit at 16:30 (free entry).




Exhibition Rotterdam / Budapest 08.02.2008
The exhibition 'Pages' (organized by FW-magazine) is about photo books. Not about the 'best' books in the world or a summary of the history of photo books. ‘Pages’ is about young Dutch photographers and their actual relation towards this medium. ‘Communism & Cowgirls’ can be seen in the exhibition. Opening on Friday the 08th of February on 17:00 in the ‘Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam’. Click in the link below to download the invitation.




Witness Magazine 01.12.2007
Out now is Witness Magazine #03, published by Joy of Giving Something Inc. and internationally distributed by Nazraeli Press. Martin Parr is the subject and guest editor of Witness #03 (the first one was done by Stephen Shore and the second one by Daido Moriyama). From the press release: “...Parr rounds out his volume of Witness with a section called “Three Ways to Make a Book,” which documents how photographers Rob Hornstra, Mark Neville, and Bart Sorgedrager were able to self-publish and distribute their own books; a presentation of portfolios by Japanese photographers Keizo Kitajama, Kohei Yoshiyuki, and Osamu Kanemura; and an interview with Parr conducted by Gerry Badger.” Available at Shashin’s Bookshop Amsterdam.




Flatland Gallery 20.11.2007
From now on my work will be represented by Flatland Gallery (Martin Rogge).




Winner! 15.10.2007
Together with Lea Crespi (France) and Dita Pepe (Czech Republic) I am the winner of the GD4ART international photographic competition. We will all receive a scholarship to complete our research projects before the 1st of May 2008. I will be working on a series about the life and circumstances in metallurgical districts in Russia. For this competition 36 young photographers from twelve different countries were nominated and had to present a research project and portfolio. The final conclusion of the jury: 'Considering the high level of the material submitted, all the artists who submitted projects are invited to show one of their works at the exhibition, which will take place by the end of 2008'.




Communism & Cowgirls (PDF) 2004


Communism & Cowgirls was done as a graduation project at the Academy of Arts in Utrecht in 2004. In this final design the flyleafs are red (front) and green (back), but in the actual printing the flyleafs are blank. Communism & Cowgirls deals with the first Russian generation growing up after the decline of communism. These young people are influenced by Western subcultures and are free to ¬pursue individual development in a way that would have been unthinkable for their parents. At the same time they don’t know how to handle the liberties offered to them. They are growing up with grandparents who still speak well of Lenin. They still live and work among the architecture produced by communism. And – true to the spirit of Communism – they still agitate against American capitalism. Yet they drink Coca Cola and wear the latest fashion as shown on MTV.