Peter Beste – BLACK METAL I

17.07.2011 in12:03 in Documentary -->


Peter Beste, USA, 1978, spent seven years photographing an insulated and secretive community. He documented the world of Norwegian Black Metal. His photographs have been combined into the book True Norwegian Black Metal. For many years Beste also worked on a project in Houston, where he documented the outskirts of this city and the people living there, a community of “fiercely independent and often misrepresented individuals.” The following images come from the series: Black Metal, Houston I and After Hours.

In the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called black metal has emerged in Norway. It’s roots stem from a heady blend of horror films, extreme heavy metal music, Satanism, pagan mythology, and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990′s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards. What started as a juvenile frenzy came to symbolize the start of a war against Christianity, a return to the worship of the ancient Norse gods, and the complete rejection of mainstream society. I spent seven years photographing this insulated and secretive community.

In 2008 Vice books published a large monograph entitled True Norwegian Black Metal

True Norwegian Black Metal
Photographs by Peter Beste
208 Pages. Hardcover. 11.25″ x 14.25″
May 2008 (Vice Books)