Photographer / Visual storyteller

Head of the photography department / Royal Academy of Arts — The Hague

P.O. Box 1011
3500 BA Utrecht / NL
+31 6 14365936

Represented by
Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam / Paris

Education

2004
Graduated with honours from the Academy of Arts Utrecht, Photographic Design.
1998
Graduated from the Institute of Higher Professional Education Utrecht, Social and Legal Services.

Biography

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Rob Hornstra, born in 1975 in the Netherlands, is a Dutch photographer of predominantly long-term documentary projects, both at home and around the world. He has published several books of solo work, produced documentary series for a variety of international magazines, and taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2009, Hornstra and writer/filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen started The Sochi Project, culminating in the retrospective book An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus and an exhibition that toured Europe, America, India and Canada. He is the founder and former artistic director of FOTODOK – Space for Documentary Photography. Four times per year he runs a popular live talkshow about photo books in his home town Utrecht. He is head of the photography department at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.

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Publications

2015
An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (Aperture, New York)
2013
An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (Aperture, New York)
The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova (Self-published)
2012
KIEV (Self-published)
Life Here is Serious (Self-published)
2011
Sochi Singers (Self-published)
Safety First (Self-published)
2010
One Day (Kehrer Verlag)
Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land (Self-published)
On the Other Side of the Mountains (Self-published)
2009
Sanatorium (Self-published)
101 Billionaires - Crisis Edition (Self-published)
2008
101 Billionaires (Self-published)
2006
Roots of the Rúntur (Self-published)
2004
Communism & Cowgirls (Self-published)

Awards

2014
Dutch Doc Award
Canon Prize for innovative photo journalism
2012
Sony World Photography Award
World Press Photo Award
2011
Magnum Expression Award
Canon Prize for innovative photo journalism
2010
New York Photo Book Award
2007
GD4ART International Competition
2004
Dutch Photo Academy Award

Exhibitions

2016
Cech Art Space, Minsk (solo)
EFTI, Madrid (solo)
National M.K.Ciurlionis Museum, Kaunas (solo)
2015
Indira Ghandi National Art Gallery, New Delhi (festival)
Klovićevi Dvori Gallery, Zagreb (festival)
CFD, Barcelona (solo)
2014
Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (solo)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (group)
Aperture Gallery, New York (solo)
Contact Gallery, Toronto (solo)
Noorderlicht Galerie, Groningen (solo)
DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (solo)
Fotohof, Salzburg (solo)
2013
Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (solo)
FoMu, Antwerp (solo)
2012
Foto8, London (UK)
2011
Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff (UK)
Flatland Gallery, Utrecht
Freelens Gallery, Hamburg (Germany)
SiFest Savignano (Italy)

Workshops Do-It-Yourself Storytelling

2017
Luxembourg, Bristol
2016
Minsk
2015
New Delhi, Utrecht, Zagreb, Barcelona
2014
Brighton, Cortona, Dublin, New York, Vienna
2013
London, Toronto