2012 Photo Contest, Arts and Entertainment, Stories, 1st prize

The Sochi Project: Sochi Singers

Photographer

Rob Hornstra

Institute for Artist Management

07 July, 2011

Natalya Arakelyan sings ‘Kuriu’ in restaurant Odisseya.

About

Rob Hornstra

Since he graduated, he has worked predominantly on long-term projects, both at home and on across the world. He has published 12 books of solo work, including The Secret History ...

Background story

Loo, Greater Sochi, Russia

Natalya Arakelyan sings ‘Kuriu’ in restaurant Odisseya. Entertainers perform in restaurants in the Russian resort city of Sochi, on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. Greater Sochi sprawls for some 145 kilometers along the shoreline, attracting predominantly Russian holidaymakers, who come for the sun, sea, sand, and nightlife. Restaurants are plentiful and competition is fierce. Most provide entertainment. The singers come from all walks of life, and are of all ages. Some perform in one place all year round, others move from restaurant to restaurant during the summer season. They sing a mixture of Russian ballads and pop music, solo or in duos, accompanied on a synthesizer, by recorded music, or sometimes by live instruments.

Technical information

Camera
Mamiya 7

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