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Workshop Instructor Profile: Rob Hornstra (Video)

Rob Hornstra of 'The Sochi Project' shares insight on storytelling during his weekend workshop at Aperture.

 - August 29, 2014

Over the weekend of May 31 and June 1, 2014, Rob Hornstra taught a weekend workshop at Aperture Foundation. The workshop, DIY Storytelling, focused on self-publishing a photobook. Hornstra took participants through the processes of financing, shooting, designing, promoting, and selling each of his self-published projects, and ended the workshop with a discussion about the landscape of contemporary photobook publishing. We caught up with Hornstra on the final day of the workshop to discuss his role not only as a storyteller, but also as an instructor.

Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen are the creators of The Sochi Project, a “slow journalism” series focusing on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the authors of the 2013 Aperture book The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus.

Rob Hornstra’s workshop was part of Aperture’s workshops program, which brings students, professionals, and amateurs together with leading photographers working in a variety of fields and genres. Workshops focus on topics related to photobook design and history, current photographic practice, and the history of the medium. View a complete list of Aperture’s Fall–Winter 2014 Workshops.