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"Burners wait all year to travel to a remote desert where they create stupefying art and build amazing sculpture - then burn it all down a week later. Fortunately, someone took some pictures!" - Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman)

About the Author

Larry Harvey is the Founder of Burning Man and Burning Man Project. He currently serves as head of the Burning Man Project's Philosophical Center, conceives the theme of the Burning Man event each year, and determines the design of the Man and its base. He is passionate about books and art, and resides in San Francisco.

Will Chase is a writer best known for his role as publisher of Burning Man's online newsletter, Jackrabbit Speaks, and as editor of The Burning Blog. He is also a long-time art curator and arts consultant through his company, Will Chase Arts.

Scott London is a longtime photographer of Burning Man, and his photos have appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, GQ, and National Geographic Traveler. He is the former host of NPR's "Insight and Outlook."

Sidney Erthal has had his camera poised for the past seven Burns which is how Burning Man aficionados carbon-date their experience with the festival. Born and educated in Brazil, he has lived in the San Francisco Bay area for the past decade.

Leo Villareal is an artist who works with light and scale. He has created numerous iconic works including Multiverse for the underground walkway of Washington's National Gallery of Art, Hive for New York's Bleecker Street subway station, and The Bay Lights, spanning the Bay Bridge between San Francisco and Oakland.

Jennifer Raiser is the founder and editor of SFWire.com, and she has written for The San Francisco Chronicle and The Huffington Post. She is also the Treasurer of the Burning Man Project.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Race Point Publishing (August 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937994376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937994372
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very good quality of content and material.
Mari
It makes for a great coffee table book and also it will spark a lot of talk about Burning Man with your visitors at your house.
Mikhail Lopyrev
Beautiful pictures, great job by photographer Sidney Erthal.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By donald bacon on August 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Thoughtfully written, beautifully photographed, and very illuminating. I have never been to Burning Man, but this book transports me to that remarkable desert place.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brady Thomas Mott on September 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I never ever write reviews for anything, but I loved this book so much that I felt compelled to contribute. I love this book. I have been going to Burning Man for a decade, and though I am generally dubious of anything remotely commercial or commodified or profited upon in the name of our fair city, I felt that this was money well spent and I would buy it again. Beautiful shots of the playa, a great expose of the art in our community. Though it did only provide a partial view of the experience (I camp with an Esplanade 2:00/10:00 sound camp and usually shame anything that excludes us...), I felt it was done really really well and lets face it, no book in the world could completely encapsulate the insanity that is Burning Man. Really beautiful contribution.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Elkins on September 25, 2014
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This book really captures the experience that most reflects what I go to Burning Man for and recollect afterward, besides the conversations. The text and photos really capture the place in ways I've not seen before in other media. Of all the media that has been produced that tries to explain what Burning Man is, this is the first thing I'd hand to someone that asked me what Burning Man is like to give them a representative sample.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SunTime on August 17, 2014
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Turned out to be the perfect gift! If you can't go to the festival, photos of the art works will take you there briefly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cyra Hobson on October 9, 2014
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Last week I had a copy sent to my family in the midwest in order to share with them the reason that I have been enchanted by the burn. For me, it is the art above all else. My first night there in 2007 I watched a crew working at midnight, welding and erecting a huge metal project and said, "That. I'm gonna do that." Two years later I was there with Iron Monkey Arts and Incunabulum. The next two projects we worked on together are in this book. I don't take pictures at the burn and don't keep catalogs of other people's pictures, so this book really helped me show my family what I couldn't explain in words alone. They were appropriately blown away by the wealth of creativity this book contains.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kristopher j bergen on September 27, 2014
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Absolutely beautiful book and wonderfully captures our incredible culture!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brennan P. Smith on August 9, 2014
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If the future species that rises from the ashes of human unsustainability finds only this book to document the essence of our once-thriving civilization, they will have found the best of us.

Or . . . our descendents may one day open this book on a hydrogen-fueled day in the future and see here the under-pinnings of the ethos that turned everything around during the Age of Restoration (1986-2125).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian Friedland on October 7, 2014
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There is a bunch of art from a bunch of different artists, but I follow Scott London, so that is why I bought the book. Great coffee table book, and especially appropriate for those who are clueless on what TTITD really is.
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