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2015 March 10: Photo of that day

… still relevant right now. Camera used:  Canon 6d with 85mm lens on Manfrotto tripod. Location:  Belleville, Paris. FRANCE. A collaboration between Valerie Thomas and Zanele Muholi.     Previous link   2014 Nov. 11: The Artivist and the Doctor   and … Continue reading

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2014 Oct. 8: Beautiful faces and kisses from Soweto Pride 2014

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2014 Sept. 22: The period pains of documenting hate crimes

Text by Lerato Dumse   I sat down for a reflection session with photographers Lindeka Qampi and Zanele Muholi a few days after they documented Gift Makau’s funeral. Muholi requested for the interview as a way of unloading and shedding … Continue reading

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2014 Aug. 22: Photos from Disebo Gift Makau’s Memorial Service

by Lindeka Qampi & Zanele Muholi Where: Stadium Hall, Ext. 2. VentersdorpCamera used:  Canon 6D with different lenses                                             … Continue reading

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2014 Aug. 24: Queers Against hate crimes Mo(u)rning the loss of Disebo Gift Makau

photo by Zanele Muholi featuring Odidi Mfenyana       … work in progress!!!   Related articles 2014 Aug. 19: Makau family mourns the brutal murder of their beloved                  

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2014 May 19: ‘Titleless’

“She won’t open up about anything that hurts so I’ve had to source alternative ways to understand the woman I love. She’s my calm, introverted soul who has mastered the persona of a swan – floats swiftly with grace and … Continue reading

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2013 Sept. 19: The killing of Mandisa was immoral and uncalled for

by Charmain Carrol Today marks exactly a year and seventeen (17) days since Mandisa Mbambo was laid to rest in iNanda Township, Durban in KwaZulu Natal. One might wonder what the relevance of this information is and if it is of … Continue reading

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