Frank Marshall: Botswana’s Metalheads
Music preferences are never meant to be limited to a certain group of people or just one individual. Whatever the genre, music is intended to be enjoyed by all. This is made clear by South African photographer Frank Marshall through his series Renegades, where he documents fans of the heavy metal subculture in Botswana. With 60 portraits, he captures these true aficionados who, decked out in leather in the 80 degree heat, dispel stereotypes of this identity among Africans. Many of the fans have several roles outside of their passion for the music, ranging from soldiers to museum curators to prison wardens. Facing the belief that heavy metal audiences are traditionally Caucasian and Eurocentric, Marshall draws up questions surrounding cultural identity and ideology.
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