Since the announcement of the location of the next Winter Olympics photographer Rob Hornstra and writer Arnold van Bruggen have worked on The Sochi Project.
They have visited the area many times and parts of the project have now been published in books, video and the project website.
The video above is a portrait of Rob Hornstra with in the second half of the video a detailed description of the project Sochi.
Arnold van Bruggen writes at the beginning of the project :
“Never before have the Olympic Games been held in a region that contrasts more strongly with the glamour of the Games than Sochi. Just twenty kilometers away is the conflict zone Abkhazia. To the east, the Caucasus Mountains stretch into obscure and impoverished breakaway republics such as North Ossetia and Chechnya. On the coast, old Soviet-era sanatoria stand shoulder to shoulder with the most expensive hotels and clubs of the Russian Riviera. By 2014 the area around Sochi will have been changed beyond recognition.”
The project trailer: