Very last copies Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land


Everything comes to an end. So does the stock of our book Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land. In 2010 writer Arnold van Bruggen and I made the first edition of the book, which to our surprise quickly sold out. Three years later - in 2013 - we returned to Abkhazia, among other things to investigate whether a second edition of the book was actually relevant. Against all the fine promises of politicians from Russia and Abkhazia, the country turned out to be virtually unchanged. We decided to make a second edition of the book, replacing some photos with a remake we made during our stay in 2013. Few people noticed.

As a tribute to the almost sold out book and because we desperately miss Abkhazia and its inhabitants, I am currently featuring a series of fifteen precious images from the series Empty land, Promised land, Forbidden land on my Instagram account. If you want to order one of the last copies, please click on the link below.

Dates of the next two editions of FOTODOK's Book Club


On Thursday October 4th and December 6th, the next editions of the FOTODOK Book Club will take place in Tivoli Vredenburg. If you want to know more about books and guests to expect or to buy a ticket, please click on the link below. Confirmed guests on October 4th are Jan Banning and Lewis Bush. More soon.

FOTODOK Book Club 14: Andrew Phelps, Christian van der Kooy and Robin de Puy


Very much looking forward to the 14th edition of the FOTODOK Book Club, starting at 8 pm on April 5, 2018 in Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht. It promises to be an exciting evening with fabulous books made by Andrew Phelps & Paul Kranzler (The Drake Equation), Christian van der Kooij (Anastasiia) and Robin de Puy (Randy). Tivoli Vredenburg is located next to Utrecht Central Station. Buy your ticket via the link below.

Last week of Man Next Door at Centraal Museum Utrecht


Three months ago, the book Man Next Door was launched during the opening of the exhibition of the same project at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. It was a great kick off in the presence of many friends and family of my former neighbour Kid, the protagonist of the project. Since its launch, many media have paid attention to the work, from local television to national radio and international magazines. Newspapers such as De Volkskrant and Libération selected the book among their favourite photo books 2017. The book stock is running at its end and the exhibition is almost over. Only one more week, to be seen until 4 March in the Centraal Museum Utrecht.

Review Man Next Door on CPM


Book review by Joerg Colberg at Conscientious Photography Magazine: “Whatever you might want to say about Kid, he was a man in need, and when society was unable to provide for those needs, there was not going to be a happy ending. Seen that way, Man Next Door amplifies the humanism that underlies all of Rob’s work, a humanism a bit masked by the style of photography and the intensely smart storytelling, with its many different devices.”

Man Next Door amonst
les 10 livres photo de 2017


Man Next Door chosen by French newspaper Libération amongst ten best photobooks of 2017. Please check out the link to view the full selection: “Sous les motifs d’accusation, se dessine alors un portrait tout en bosses, en bleus, en désespoir et en fantaisie. Il montre une autre facette des Pays-Bas, souvent perçus comme une vitrine de réussite sociale.”

Man Next Door amongst
Best Photobooks of 2017


I am very honoured that Dutch daily newspaper de Volkskrant has chosen Man Next Door as one of the best photo books of 2017. Please click on the link below to find the other selected titles.

Family and friends of Kid during the opening at Centraal Museum


Group photo in front of the giant snake wallpaper of (part of) friends and family who were present last Friday at the official opening and book launch of ‘Man Next Door’; a story about a typical Utrecht working class man. All of them received a free copy of the Family and Friends Edition, made possible by sixty people who pre-bought this edition last summer for a double price (paying for two copies). Thanks to all family and friends, thanks to all pre-buyers and thanks to the Centraal Museum for making this happen!

List of bookshops selling
Man Next Door


In addition to my own online shop, Man Next Door is currently also available in the following specialised bookshops (this list will be updated regularly):














International pre-launch Man Next Door at Polycopies Paris


Together with Donald Weber we will be signing our new books Man Next Door and War Sand on Thursday, 9 November at 19:00 onboard the Polycopies bateau! Please join us during the Polycopies Book Fair. Our table is located on the lower deck, where throughout the weekend we’ll be offering free drinks and discounts.

Man Next Door in British Journal of Photography


Article written by Erik Vroons in collaboration with Simon Bainbridge for The British Journal of Photography about new book and exhibition Man Next Door.

Man Next Door on press at Kopa in Kaunas, Lithuania

I have just returned from Kaunas (Lithuania) where my book Man Next Door was printed. It is difficult to put into words how incredibly amazing it is to see years of work falling totally into place in a publication. Making a book is a wonderful yet exhausting process of endless decisions about editing, design, fonts, colors, papers, endpapers, head- and tail bands and endless more details that seem unimportant but can make or break a book at the end. I am incredibly happy with the modest and subtle design of -Syb- and the determined lithography and printing supervision of Colour & Books. Of course, many thanks to the large group of people who have already bought the book in advance. That too is desperately needed in order to be able to pay all invoices on time.

Announcement: Exhibition and book launch Man Next Door in Centraal Museum Utrecht


For over ten years I have been working on Man Next Door, a new project that examines the stigmatisation of the working class while offering a rare insight into the life of a working-class Utrecht boy. I am very happy to announce that Man Next Door will be exhibited from December 2, 2017 until March 25, 3018 at the best conceivable place for this work: the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. Opening plus book launch will take place on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3 pm. A pre-launch of the book might be organized during Paris Photo (if planning allows).

Crowdfunding: Please help to fund 60 free copies for family and friends of Kid


In order to be able to share free copies of the book Man Next Door to family and friends of Kid, I ask for your help. By purchasing a numbered copy (1-60) of the Family and Friends Edition with special dust jacket, you fund one extra copy that will be given free of charge to family and friends of Kid during opening of the exhibition in Centraal Museum. This way, you make it possible that all friends and family members can receive a free copy. As a thank you, your name will be mentioned in the colophon of the book.

In progress:
Book about my too early deceased neighbor Kid


Right after my graduation in 2004 I started living and working in a district in Utrecht named ‘Ondiep’; a typical Dutch working-class neighborhood with a lot of unemployment. This is one of the portraits I took of my neighbor Kid. Kid was a very loyal guy and always keeping an eye on my belongings when I was traveling abroad. He lived on benefits and was not seldom in trouble with authorities. Since 2012, Kid’s situation was going down. He was using drugs again and shady characters were constantly occupying his house. In summer 2013 he was found dead in the Utrecht canal, according to police reports because of an epileptic attack.

Together with designer Sybren Kuiper, I am currently working on a book about Kid’s life.

An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus
2nd Edition out now

Signed copies of the second edition of ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ are now available for purchase in our online store.


Review An Atlas of War and Tourism

​Review of our book ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ on Disphotic by Lewis Bush.

Book Fair Stedelijk Museum

​The Sochi Project runs a table at the Stedelijk Museum Book Fair with some discount offers, rare books and special editions. On Sunday at 12.15 there will be a live conversation with me, followed by a signing

Conversation and book signing at Aperture, NY

In Conversation: Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen on The Sochi Project at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, 547 West 27th Street, New York, NY. Please follow link for more information.​

Gold and silver at European Design Awards

​A gold medal for the fourth annual publication within The Sochi Project ‘The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova’ and a silver medal for the final publication ‘An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus’ at the European Design Awards 2014. Big congrats to our designers Kummer & Herrman

Winner at PDN Photo Annual 2014 21.05.2014

The fourth annual publication within The Sochi Project ‘The Secret History of Khava Gaisanova’ is chosen as one of the winners at the PDN Photo Annual 2014 (book category). Please click the link below for more information or to order the book.


Conversation and book signing at UnionDocs, NY

​In Conversation: Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen on The Sochi Project at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Organized by Aperture Foundation. Please follow link for more information

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.​


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.

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.

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).​


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