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Sketchbook Series No.3 – The Sochi Project’s third Sketchbook depicts Sochi in the summer as well as being an ode to analogue photography. In the summer of 2011, Rob fell in love with a 40-year-old KIEV medium-format camera, which a friend gave him as a gift in the Russian resort of Sochi. Over the following days, he roamed the city with his new acquisition and photographed things that he had never seen before through the lens of his Mamiya camera. When he got home and developed the films, he found that the KIEV’s film transport system was defective.
‘The power of analogue photography is the unpredictability, the imperfection, the setbacks that are initially so frustrating, but ultimately add unexpected dimensions to the images. It is this that gives the work its own identity. Analogue photography thus reflects real life, more than digital photography ever will.’
Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have been working together since 2007 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They have returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of “slow journalism,” establishing a solid foundation of research on and engagement with this small yet incredibly complicated region before it finds itself in the glare of international media attention.