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Burning Man

Burning Man is an annual festival held in the Nevada high desert during the week leading up to Labor Day. It's held on Black Rock Desert, an ancient dry lake bed (playa) of epic proportions. The weather on the playa can be extreme, with blazing daytime heat, cold nights, dust storms and winds up to 70 mph. Everyone is responsible for their own survival at Burning Man.

Besides being an amazing art festival, one thing that makes Burning Man unique is that it's completely non-commercial. You don't even barter -- it's a gift economy. And givers don't want or expect anything in return -- this changes the dynamic between people in a magical way. It's the best part and the most important aspect of Burning Man.

There is some "official" art, complements of the borg, and it can be spectacular. However, Burning Man is primarily the collective creation of 10,000 20,000 30,000 40,000 50,000 60,000+ inventive folks. Independent of each other. Who might not be sure if what they're bringing will work; but, it usually does. And if not, that's Burning Man too.

Here are Burning Man photos, organized by year from 2001 - present. You can also see my favorite Burning Man photos in my Burning Man Gallery.

15 sections / 2375 photos

2015.08.28 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2015. The art theme was "Carnival of Mirrors."

21 pages / 294 photos

2014.08.22 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2014. The art theme was "Caravansary."

19 pages / 222 photos

2013.08.23 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2013. The art theme was "Cargo Cult."

20 pages / 235 photos

2012.08.26 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2012. The art theme was "Fertility 2.0."

21 pages / 250 photos

2011.08.29 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2011. The art theme was "Rites of Passage."

18 pages / 210 photos

2010.08.28 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2010. The art theme was "Metropolis."

15 pages / 150 photos

Burning Man 2009

2009.08.29 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2009. The art theme was "Evolution."

11 pages / 187 photos

Burning Man 2008

2008.08.25 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2008. The art theme was "American Dream."

6 pages / 90 photos

Burning Man 2007

2007.08.27 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2007. The art theme was "The Green Man."

7 pages / 97 photos

Burning Man 2006

2006.08.29 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2006. The art theme was "Hope and Fear: The Future."

10 pages / 138 photos

Burning Man 2005

2005.08.30 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2005. The art theme was "Psyche."

10 pages / 178 photos

Burning Man 2004

2004.09.02 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2004. The art theme was "Vault of Heaven."

7 pages / 110 photos

Burning Man 2003

2003.08.25 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2003. The art theme was "Beyond Belief."

3 pages / 44 photos

Burning Man 2002

2002.08.28 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2002. The art theme was "The Floating World."

5 pages / 75 photos

Burning Man 2001

2001.08.28 / Burning Man

Photos from Burning Man 2001. The art theme was "The 7 Ages."

4 pages / 59 photos