Born in Nelspruit, South Africa, Frank Marshall spent his childhood in different part of the country. Nothing predestined Marshall to become a photographer, and yet everything changed when he accompanied a group of metal heads in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. in 2008.
He was introduced for the first time, to the local heavy metal community. Fascinated by their interpretation of this counter-culture often associated to a Eurocentric music form, he decided to document their lifestyle. A year later he decided to conduct photo reportage and submitted his work for his thesis at the Tshwana University of Technology in which he graduated in 2010.
According to him, « the philosophy of photography is more intriguing to me than the practices of photography itself ». Vision of Renegades, his first solo exhibition, was shown in 2011, at Rooke Gallery. Frank Marshall’s portraits of Botswana fervent metal heads have triggered an intense interest and participate in an on-going debate: should music have borders or ethnicity?