The most extraordinary and bizarre photos from the past decade of Burning Man

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Burning Man photographer Phillip Volkers captured this image in 2014. Philip Volkers
  • Burning Man, which starts on August 25, is one of the most fascinating festivals in the world.
  • The annual “counterculture” event sees roughly 70,000 people visit Black Rock City, Nevada each year.
  • Visitors form a giant semi-circle in the desert for a weekend of self-expression, civic responsibility, music, and art.
  • Burning Man photographer and “anthropological enthusiast”Phillip Volkers shared a selection of the most bizarre and intriguing photos he’s taken at the festival over the past decade with Business Insider.
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Burning Man is arguably the most captivating festival in the world.

The annual “counterculture” event sees around 70,000 people visit Black Rock City, Nevada each year and form a giant semi-circle for a weekend of self-expression, civic responsibility, music, art, and some pretty crazy fashion choices.

Founded in 1986, the festival – which starts on Sunday, August 25 and lasts until Monday, September 2 – has been home to some pretty incredible scenes over the years.


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24 photos that show the 30-year evolution of Burning Man’s wild fashion

Burning Man photographer and “anthropological enthusiast”Phillip Volkers compiled the most extraordinary, never-before-seen images from the past decade of the festival in his book, “Dust to Dawn.”

He shared a selection of the photos, from what he calls “a haven for enquiring minds,” with Business Insider, and is also releasing a limited number of collector’s boxes for €980 ($US1,090).

Scroll down to see his most bizarre and intriguing photos from the last decade of Burning Man.


Burning Man photographer and “anthropological enthusiast” Phillip Volkers has photographed the festival for the past decade. Here are some of his most mind-bending, never-before-seen photos.

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Phillip Volkers. Phillip Volkers

2007: “Equatorial Encounter” by Matt Evans.

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2007: “This is a photograph of the Burning Man taken in 2007,” Volkers said. “In the foreground is an art installation of the Bone Tree which was created by Dan Albany.”

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2007: “Exodus, back to the default world, everyone leaving Black Rock City.”

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2012: “Watching a Burn.”

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2012: “Expose Yourself to Nature.”

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2012: “Alex on the Playa at Dawn.”

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2013: “Coyote” by Bryan Tedrick.

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2013: “Spike the Big Red Dragon” by Captain Carburettor.

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2013: “Believe” by Laura Kimpton.

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2013: “Truth is Beauty” by Marco Cochrane.

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2014: “This a photograph of the Man taken at night in 2014, as you can see there is a light installation in the foreground with people interacting with it.”

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2014: “This has to be one of my favourite mutant vehicles at the Burn, its called Rhino Redemption by Reared in Steel.”

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2014: “This is my friend Alex Wreckage from the Mutoid Waste Company in the UK with his moving art installation called the The Lost Tea Party.”

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2014: “This is the Burning Man. He has been set alight on the Saturday night in front of 70,000 revellers.”

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2014: “Walking on the Wildside.”

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2014: “Temple of Grace” by David Best.

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2014: “The Lamplights Returning.”

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2017: “Lamplighter Lighting the Avenues at Sunset.”

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