Dispossessed: Identity, Gender, and Acceptance in Metal Culture

by Emily Jane Harris

Institution: Savannah College of Art and Design
Department: Photography
Degree: M.F.A.
Year: 2015
Keywords: Thesis (M.F.A.)  – Photography; Savannah College of Art and Design  – Department of Photography
Record ID: 2061876
Full text PDF: http://ecollections.scad.edu/iii/cpro/DigitalItemViewPage.external?sp=1002792


The majority of modern society deems the metal sub-culture socially unacceptable. For Metalheads, it provides a social identity, and creates a positive outlet and sanctuary where outcasts can find acceptance. As a member of the metal community, I have used photography, video and interviews to document the significance metal music has played in the lives of those who embrace it, and provide an insider’s viewpoint to those outside the sub-culture. This body of work is commenting on the universal desire for social acceptance, while navigating personal identities within the metal community. Keywords: photography, Metalheads, identity, sociology, gender equality, metal sub- culture, artifacts, music, community, Atlanta metal documentary