Rob Hornstra was born in 1975. In June 2004, he graduated in photography from the Academy of Arts, Utrecht, the Netherlands, having previously studied Social and Legal Services and worked as a probation officer for one year. His photography can best be seen as a combination of these two areas of study. Hornstra won the Dutch Photo Academy Award with his book ‘Communism & Cowgirls’. His second book “Roots of the Rùntur”, published in 2006, is a collection of photos taken in Iceland, where he completed a two-month assignment commissioned by the International Photography Research Network in the European Union. Both Hornstra’s books have sold out. Hornstra’s work has been published in many magazines and newspapers in the Netherlands and abroad. His two major projects have been shown in exhibitions all over the world.