© Rob Hornstra, The Sochi Project.
‘It brilliantly merges journalism and storytelling with found photographs and formal portraits to create a profile of a potentially dangerous region.’ — Sean O’Hagan, The Guardian
Hornstra’s photographic approach combines the best of documentary storytelling with contemporary portraiture, found photographs, and other visual elements collected over the course of their travels. Van Bruggen contributes a series of engaging stories about the people, the land, and its turbulent history. Together, the images and texts unpack the complex, multivalent story of this contested region. Designed by long-standing collaborators Kummer & Herrman, The Sochi Project book, website and exhibition: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus is the culmination of this five year project, a contemporary masterpiece of photography and journalism in the collaborative tradition of James Agee and Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor.
PhotoIreland Festival 2014 catalogue Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies