An Oberholzer Moroccan Roadtrip

Joy de Vos
3 April 2017

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Last Tuesday, 28th of March, Obie Oberholzer gave a wonderful talk about his roadtrip through Morocco at the Nature’s Valley Church Hall. During his talk, Obie showed us the beautiful pictures he took during his roadtrip through Morocco. Some pictures were more abstract or colourful than others, but they were all awe-inspiring. According to the reaction of the visitors (the “oohs” and the “aahs”), it was a successful night!


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The creative photographer, Obie Oberholzer, was born on the 26th of August, 1947, on a farm in Pretoria, South Africa. After obtaining a Diploma in Graphic Design at the University of Stellenbosch in 1970, Oberholzer said his goodbyes to family and friends and moved to Munich, Germany. In Germany he received a German National Diploma in Photography in 1972. After working as a camera assistant at a German Film Company for a while, he moved back to his home country in 1975 to start lecturing at The Natal Technikon in Durban. Four years later he took a sabbatical and moved back to Munich to complete a Masters Diploma in Photography. In 1984, Oberholzer moved back once again to his beloved South Africa and applied for head of the Photography Section at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. Finally, in 1999, Oberholzer was promoted to Associate Professor and remained in that position until his retirement in 2002. Today, Obie Oberholzer and his wife Lynn live in Nature’s Valley, South Africa. Because photography is his passion, he still works as a freelance photographer, photographing for many international publications around the world. Since 1975 to this day, Oberholzer produced ten coffee table books, had thirty-four solo exhibitions in South Africa and ten International solo exhibitions in Europe.


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Until last Tuesday, I personally wasn’t familiar with Obie Oberholzer’s work yet. But, during his talk I was pleasantly surprised by his quirky pictorial portrayal of his travels, like how he captured the Marrakesh market at night, or the abstract landscapes of Morocco, below.


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