Zanele Muholi’s best photograph: out and proud in South Africa

The guardian | Laura Snoad:

This photograph is part of a series called Faces and Phases, which I’ve been working on for a decade. It’s about creating positive images of black lesbians and transgender people in South African society, and it’s dedicated to a close friend of mine who died in 2007 at the age of 25. She was a so-called “curative” rape survivor. I felt I needed to remember the people that were growing up in front of me, and to see myself as one of “us” rather than one of “them”. The project is about us being counted in South African visual history. I think that’s true photography – to say that you were present… Read more

Image: Sinenhlanhla Lunga photographed by Zanele Muholi for her Faces and Phases series. Photograph: Zanele Muholi courtesy of Stevenson Gallery