The Real Sochi - An FP Photo Essay

Their incredulity inspired a slow trek of adventure and investigation to document the effect of the games, which open Feb. 7 and are expected to cost $50 billion, making the Sochi games the most expensive Olympics on record. Year after year, as they traveled the region, the pair returned to Sochi, watching as the area was scraped clean and rebuilt, making way for new roads, railways, resorts, stadiums, and villages, watching as the old clashed with the new. This five-year journey resulted in their epic body of work, The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus, from which these photographs (and their accompanying stories) are taken.

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