Petrus Cornelius Jacobus “Obie” Oberholzer’s photographic profession started on the age of 10 on a tour of Europe along with his mom. In Italy, Obie took a miraculous image that straightened the leaning tower of Pisa within the body and made the close by church advanced lean over. Solely his mom discovered it humorous. It led to research in artwork at Stellenbosch College and the Bayerische Staatslehr-Anstaltr Fotografie (and plenty of beer halls) in Munich. After returning to South Africa in 1974, Obie launched into a legendary profession with greater than 13 photographic books, about 35 one-man exhibitions in South Africa and 11.

Right here, he’s let unfastened on a nation that rivals the flamboyant complexity of his personal thoughts.

The Colón Cemetery in Havana is among the largest cemeteries on this planet and is known as after Christopher Columbus. Phrases can’t clarify man’s obsession along with his personal legacy, eternity and passing. So, as I stroll this cemetery’s avenues of loss of life, I see not the darkness, the unhappiness, the departed, however one million reflections of sunshine and brightness. This cemetery spans an space of greater than 56 hectares with greater than 500 main mausoleums, chapels and household vaults, many thought-about historic, architectural treasures. I discover myself pausing extra to suppose than to {photograph}. I fall in love with so many sculpted angels that my eyes drop a tear. I really feel honoured to stroll the sunshine the place one million individuals are buried.

Sloppy Joe’s Bar is among the most well-known bars on this planet. It reopened in 2013 after being closed for 48 years. In the course of the Nineteen Forties and Fifties, it was a magnet for American celebrities in addition to vacationers eager to mingle with them, however the Cuban Revolution put an finish to that in 1959.

A blue 1954 Morris Crowley is parked in entrance of a colonial facade in La Habana Vieja, the previous metropolis of Havana.

Varadero is taken into account Cuba’s prime resort. Its lengthy beachfront, with 61 lodges, stretches for 19km alongside a slim peninsula. Up till 2008, Cubans weren’t allowed to go to right here. In most different nations, this five-star extravaganza would most likely solely be a three-star resort. However keep in mind: Cuba is like no different nation. Vacationers now see Cuba by mendacity across the pool consuming rum cocktails. Paradise.

Folks and tricycle taxis move alongside the previous colonial facades of Paseo de Martí in Previous Havana. It is among the most stunning, historic promenades in Cuba.

Sharing, speaking, sitting, singing and residing life on the streets is a thread that flows by way of most Cubans. Right here I sneak a fast shot of some ladies having a chat on a road nook within the city of Viñales within the district of Pinar del Rio.

The Malecón Esplanade, the 8km promenade alongside the seafront of previous Havana, shows a large number of extraordinary sights. It’s a classic automotive and other people parade, saturated with temper, color, sound and visuals.

This text was tailored from a model that appeared in our January 2022 journal subject.
Orginally written and photographed by Obie Oberholzer

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