Press Release


Exhibition: May 9 through June 7, 2008
Reception and book signing: May 9, 6-8pm
True Norwegian Black Metal (Vice Books, 2008) to be released on May 15

Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to present the first New York exhibition of the photographs of Peter Beste, in celebration of the launch of his first book. The exhibition will feature over 30 color and black and white prints, curated by Johan Kugelberg.

In the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called Black Metal has emerged in Norway. It has its roots in a heady blend of splatter movies, 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 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.

American documentary photographer Peter Beste has spent the last eight years working in the milieu of this insulated and secretive community. Beste's access and insight into this community has been without precedent, resulting in an amazing photographic journey. Beste has earned the respect and trust of this impenetrable, suspicious and often elitist society. True Norwegian Black Metal is a visual testimonial to this subculture. Peter Beste and editor Johan Kugelberg have created a unique photographic narrative that explores black metal from a truly visceral perspective.

Peter Beste: True Norwegian Black Metal will be on view from
May 9 through June 7, 2008.

Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. For more info please contact Kat Jones at 212.966.3978 or