Zanele Muholi's Photograph, Miss Lesbian

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This essay will focus on Zanele Muholi’s photograph entitled, Miss Lesbian. (Zanele Muholi, Miss Lesbian I. Amsterdam, 2009, C-print photograph of a performance taken by Sean Fitzpatrick, 76, 5 x 50, 5 cm.) To deepen the interpretation and analysis of this photograph, I will be using work done by John B. Thompson and will be using his theories of the five symbolic forms (Intention, Convention, Structure, Reference and Context.) along with some of John.B Thompson’s other theories, with some reference to Susan Sontag’s work on photography. In order to get a full understanding of the “Miss Lesbian” photograph, I will be taking a look at Zanele Muholi’s biography in order to get a full scope of the ‘Miss Lesbian’ photograph and the overall meaning behind the photograph. Zanele Muholi is a visual activist born in Umlazi, Durban, in 1972, and currently living in Cape Town. Prior to her photographic journeys into black female sexualities and genders in Africa, she worked as a human/lesbian rights activist with members in her community, raising the many issues facing black lesbian women living in South Africa today. She later researched and documented early cases of hate crimes. She then spent more than three years researching and documenting hate crimes in order to bring the realities of ‘curative rape’, assault, HIV and brutal murders of black lesbians to public attention. Muholi completed an Advanced Photography course at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown in 2003, and

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