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Stunning Photos of Old Havana Before Everything Changed

When photographer Joseph Romeo traveled to Havana in March of 2014, he could not have predicted that in a few short months, President Barack Obama would announce his intentions to normalize relations with Cuba. These days, we’re used to seeing photographs of the city, but when Romeo was there, everything was new, and the streets teetered right on the precipice of drastic change.

The Man Who Photographed a Forgotten America by Moonlight

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Noel Kerns is an American time traveler. His camera has taken him on road trips across Texas, down Route 66, and through the ghost towns of the American West. He’s found these bygone patches of the United States under the light of the full moon, synching his trips with the calendar of lunar phases.

The Woman Who Wanted to Photograph Every House in Poland

© Zofia Rydet, from the series Sociological Record, Courtesy Foundation Zofia Rydet

© Zofia Rydet, from the series Sociological Record, Courtesy Foundation Zofia Rydet

Zofia Rydet mentioned in one of her letters that taking photos for her is like vodka to an alcoholic,” curator Sebastian Cichocki says of the 20th century photographer, “It’s like an addiction, so she collects more and more and more and she’s never satisfied.”

Photos of the New Orleans Neighborhood That Disappeared

Waiting, 2011

Feeding, 2009

Stephen Hilger didn’t photograph what became known as “Lower Mid-City,” New Orleans, in hopes of saving it. He photographed it after it could no longer be saved.

Lust, Desire, and Longing Behind-the-Scenes at Japan’s Love Hotels

Belgian photographer Zaza Bertrand doesn’t speak Japanese and was only able to gather bits and pieces of words exchanged between the people she met in the country’s popular rabuhos, or love hotels. The mystery was part of the appeal.

These ‘Shop Cats’ In Hong Kong Will Make You Smile

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© Marcel Heijnen, ‘Hong Kong Shop Cats’ #5, Hong Kong 2016, Courtesy Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong

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© Marcel Heijnen, ‘Hong Kong Shop Cats’ #18, Hong Kong 2016, Courtesy Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong

After decades of living with cats, Dutch photographer Marcel Heijnen found himself in Hong Kong without one to call his own. Then he met Dau Ding. And Ah Dai, and Siu Faa, and Fei Zai, the shop cats of the Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan neighborhoods.

Confessions from a Wild West Ghost Town (Sponsored)

Bodie, California, USA. Old haunted gold rush ghost town.

View of Bodie © Julien McRoberts / Offset

Bodie, California, USA. Old haunted gold rush ghost town.

Old car © Julien McRoberts / Offset

When New York City-based photographer and Offset artist Julien McRoberts drove around the bend and into Bodie, a ghost town in Northern California, the sight stopped her in her tracks: “I had to get my jaw off of the ground.” Before her eyes rose the remains of the Wild West, but unlike so many towns from the gold rush era, this one was preserved, trapped in the 19th century.

Breathtaking Images of Syria Before the Civil War (Sponsored)

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Azm Palace in Hama © Lisa Limer / Offset

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A rural village © Lisa Limer / Offset

In the spring of 2001, Rhode Island-based photographer Lisa Limer traveled to Syria on assignment for a leading travel magazine. When the photographs were, as she puts it, “at the printers, ready to run,” the story was abruptly shut down, and her breathtaking photographs of Syria were not published.

Looking back on the images she took in Syria, Limer can’t help but feel the ache of all that’s been lost in the last fifteen years and in the wake of civil war. “I know now that most everything that I photographed has been destroyed,” she admits, her mind whirling back fifteen years. She walked through Damascus and Aleppo, captured Homs before it was all but razed to the ground.

In 2015, close to the anniversary of her visit, the ancient city of Palmyra, which holds treasures dating back to centuries before the Common Era and was once held by the Roman Empire, was seised by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In the intervening year, ISIL would execute its prisoners at the ancient Roman Theatre at Palmyra; the 82-year-old archeologist Khaled al-Asaad would be interrogated regarding the locations of the site’s antiquities, and he would die safeguarding the information.

The Azm Palace, built during the Ottoman Empire, the Umayyad Mosque, considered one of the most holy sites in the world, and The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites, the single oldest remaining Byzantine church, still stand.

When asked if she felt nervous flying to Syria so many moons before the Civil War, Limer says simply, “I had no apprehension.” She trusted her own footing there, and although she made sure to dress according to the country’s conservative status quo—she was, in her words, “certainly aware of her womanhood”—Limer suggests that her gender was also an asset, allowing her to approach and photograph local women as they made their way throughout the cities.

Still, the photographer felt the tremors of a country in pain. “Even in 2001, you felt the sadness,” she explains, adding “In all my travels, I had never left a country feeling more depressed.” With a government guide watching over ever move she made, she witnessed the aftermath of conflicts and failed uprisings; her eyes lingered over “bullet holes and burnt out buildings.”

Limer reflects on her 2001 trip to Syria with melancholy and an inescapable longing for something that left many years ago: “This trip could now never be repeated. Regrettably, it is what makes this experience unforgettable.”

Limer’s work from Syria is represented by Offset.

A Minimalist Look at Bowling in Germany (Sponsored)

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© Robert Götzfried / Offset

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© Robert Götzfried / Offset

Munich-based photographer Robert Götzfried remembers the bowling alleys—or Kegelbahn— of his childhood, where kids could be heard laughing and shouting to the ever-present thud of a six pound ball hitting the floor. These days, the once-popular alleys are slowly disappearing, and this generation of youngsters are choosing more high-tech, less nostalgic pastimes; still, the photographer preserves their legacy.

Bowling in Germany has a nuanced history; some scholars, like historian William Pehle, say the sport began as early as 300 C.E. as a German religious activity. The pins were said to symbolize sins, and knocking them over with rocks was seen a way of purging crimes against God.

Nine-pin bowling, known as kegel in Germany, is a bit different from the American game, played with ten pins. In kegel, the pins are spaced farther apart, in the shape of a diamond rather than a pyramid. At most, the dense wooden balls have only two finger holes, not three, though the best players don’t need any holes at all.

Götzfried photographed the kegelbahn without the presence of any bowlers, capturing the symmetry and geometries of their unique yet somehow repetitive designs. He visited the alleys on off-hours, relaxing as he peered over the hallowed lanes. Whereas these places were once vibrating with sound, he finds solitude and serenity in the absence of scurrying feet, rolling balls, and colliding pins.

In these meticulous and minimal photographs, Götzfried distills all the energy of the bowling alley into a single, clean frame. The action has stopped for now, and yet we can sense that in mere moments, the kegelbahn might come alive once more, rekindling the memories of long ago.

More work from Götzfried can be seen on Offset, a boutique licensing agency specializing in high-end editorial and commercial imagery from around the world.

The Bizarre ‘Kindergarten Kitsch’ Interiors of North Korea

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Kim Jong Suk Creche, Pyongyang

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Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, Pyongyang

Touring the interiors of Pyongyang, North Korea, says The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright, is not at all dissimilar to “walking into a life-size Polly Pocket toy.”

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