The Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi is converted into an open-air football stadium;
- 3 Group matches (June 19, 21 and 25)
- 1 Semi-Final (June 29)
From the author:
World records, heroic stories, tears of the losers. The Olympics are the most important international sporting event when, for two weeks, one city is watched by the world.
Universal enthusiasm and a global media presence politicise the games and provide an opportunity for massive investment. Stadiums become symbols of power.
Days of euphoria are followed by disillusionment. Olympic Realities takes the viewer to six places deserted by the Olympic circus.
Bruno Helbling’s architecture photography raises questions of the significance of these monstrous events.
The impressive pictures are accompanied by six controversial essays, each written by an author with a special connection to the particular Olympic city.
Simultaneously provocative and entertaining, they expose the roots of a system of megalomania, corruption and mismanagement.
Olympic Realities is not only a highly aesthetic record of endurance, but also a sharp portrayal of an inescapable recurrence.
Hardback, 206 pages, English & German, 164 color-photographs
Photography by Bruno Helbling Essays by Werner van Gent, Peter Dittmann, Ahmed Buric,
Francesco Pastorelli, Barbara Lüthi and Martin Müller.
Graphic-Design by Lars Egert
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News articles about Sochi’s Olympic legacy that are worth reading:
The Sochi Project
Photographs by Rob Hornstra
Texts by Arnold van Bruggen
Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have been working together since 2007 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They have returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of “slow journalism,” establishing a solid foundation of research on and engagement with this small yet incredibly complicated region before it finds itself in the glare of international media attention.
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Sochi Autodrom includes two circuit configurations. The temporary circuit leads across the Olympic Park and is only used for the FORMULA 1 race weekends. The smaller, permanent circuit is suitable for race activities all year long – it is planned to hold track days, test drives and other events.
Photos & Maps: Sochi2014