Rob Hornstra, born March 14, 1975 in the Netherlands. I was born March 14. (not the same year) So, as a fellow Pisces, I felt it was important to promote a fellow fish. 🙂 He is a photographer most known for his long-term documentary projects. A true artist in the most basest of indicators, he has published several books of his solo work, produced work for numerous international magazines. He is also the head of the photography department at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. Nothing has stopped him in his pursuit of exposing both the politics and lifestyles at home and abroad.
Rob Hornstra – More Than a Photographer
He is also the founder and sometime artistic director of FOTODOK, a Space for Documentary Photography. Four times per year he runs a popular live talkshow about photo books in his home town Utrecht. I love his imaging. But most of all I love his artistic commitment to his straight forward promotion of documentary photography. No small task. Especially as most projects span years.
His love of film is obvious in his choice of equipment. He has shot color negative film with a medium-format and a large-format analog cameras for years. His first medium-format camera was a Pentax 67 II, but later was replaced it with a Mamiya 7 II. His large-format camera is a Horseman 45HD. Using an 80 mm for his medium-format camera and 135 mm for the large-format camera, he prefers that slightly wide angle view. He also uses a Lumedyne with a simple white umbrella. The simplicity of his workflow and choice of cameras/lenses is apparent in his brutally honest images. But he has nothing against digital. In fact, since 2014, he has used a medium-format Hasselblad H5D when the situation requires it. (or client)
Two of his books are available on Amazon. “The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus” and “101 Billionaires“, and are well worth the investment. Both are great books. But he has published 12 books of his solo work in limited editions, and may be available on his site link below.