Zanele Muholi offers insider's take on LGBT South Africa

Zanele Muholi poses post-interview outside Studio Q. To see her stunning portraits, continue to the bottom of this post. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

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Guest host Brent Bambury speaks with Zanele Muholi, an acclaimed photographer known for her powerful portraits of black LGBT people in South Africa.
 
Muholi is the founder of the media organization Inkanyiso, and has dedicated years of her life to documenting the lives of LGBT people -- including speaking out against horrifying hate crimes such as so-called "curative rapes". 

They're not subjects; they're participants

Muholi's work does not only portray the horrors faced by gays and lesbians. In Faces and Phases, her acclaimed portrait series featuring black lesbians, her subjects confront the camera with arresting calm and silent dignity. 

See select images, posted with permission of the photographer, below. 
  Zanele Muholi, Vredehoek, Cape Town. 2011 620.jpg

Zanele Muholi, Zanele Muholi, Vredehoek, Cape Town, 2011, gelatin silver print © Zanele Muholi and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg

Betesta Segale, Gabarone, Botswana. 2010 620.jpg

Zanele Muholi, Betesta Segale, Gaborone, Botswana, 2010, gelatin silver print © Zanele Muholi and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg

Mpumi Moeti, Kwanele South, Katlehong, Johannesburg. 2012 620.jpg

Zanele Muholi, Mpumi Moeti, Kwanele South, Katlehong, Johannesburg, 2012, gelatin silver print © Zanele Muholi and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg

Zizima Kom, Embekweni, Paarl, Cape Town, 2011 620.jpg

Zanele Muholi, Zizima Kom, Embekweni, Paarl, Cape Town, 2011, gelatin silver print © Zanele Muholi and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg

Nosi 'Ginga' Marumo, Yeoville, Johannesburg. 2007 620.jpg

Nosi 'Ginga' Marumo, Yeoville, Johannesburg, 2007, gelatin\ silver print © Zanele Muholi and Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg

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