I’ve been documenting Burning Man for over a decade. It’s without doubt one of the
world’s coolest and most mind-blowing gatherings. The event is a week-long celebration of
free-form creativity and radical self-expression held each summer in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
Burning Man is tough to describe. It’s not quite an art festival, not quite a desert rave,
and not quite a social experiment—but something of all three.
My images from the event have been widely published, appearing in newspapers and
magazines worldwide. They also appear in Burning Man: Art on Fire, a book
with Jennifer Raiser and Sidney Erthal published by Race Point in 2014. A revised
and expanded edition was published in August 2016. More info here.
You can view a selection of galleries below. For more about the project,
please see my reflections on Burning Man 2016, or check out some of the
press/interviews at the bottom of this page. Thanks for visiting.
I’m still shaking off the dust and getting my bearings after an intense but enchanting week at Burning Man 2016. We were blessed with beautiful skies and gorgeous light for much of the week, but also wind and dust—lots and lots of dust, as you can see in this photo of my cameras. This year I worked with CNN on a feature about the art cars of Burning Man. You’ll find 20 of my photos along with a Q&A here: Burning Man’s Mutant Vehicles Eat Dust…and People? (See also Boing Boing‘s coverage for additional commentary.) This year, I also worked with French videographer Philippe Meicler to capture an aerial view of Burning Man using a drone.
Burning Man 2013
2013 was my tenth consecutive year at the event. Hard to believe. This time I shot on assignment for Rolling Stone. It was a wonderful gig. But the week seemed to go by too fast and there was simply too much I didn’t get to see and experience. To say nothing of the many friends I didn’t get a chance to spend time with. But so it goes. This set brings together 100 of my favorite images from Burning Man 2013. You can also find a collection of my photos (including a few repeats) at www.rollingstone.com. They appear in two sets, one focused on “The Scene” and the other devoted to “The People.” Some of my work is also featured on MSN this month in a special gallery called “Art Cars of Burning Man.”
Burning Man 2010
2010 marked the 24th anniversary of Burning Man, and it was bigger than ever—attendance shot up to a record 51,000 people. Many participants remember it as the year of Bliss Dance, Megatropolis (above) and the Temple of Flux. A freak thunderstorm on Monday afternoon also set its mark on the event, followed by full five days of astonishingly perfect weather. It was also a year of fabulous weddings and an unforgettable silent white procession. But the highlight for me was being hoisted up in a 40-foot boom lift on the night of the burn and looking down on a sea of 50,000 people as the man exploded in flames.
Burning Man 2007
The theme of Burning Man 2007 was the “Green Man.” It’s perhaps best remembered as the year the man burned five days ahead of schedule. I still regard it as one of the best years ever from the standpoint of photography. The art was massive and spectacular, the people endlessly beautiful and creative, and thanks to a rare tropical storm in the south, the skies were shifting, unpredictable, and perfect for photography. One day we had a sprinkling of rain followed by a double rainbow that people still speak radiantly about to this day. I shot about 1,700 photos in 2007. Some of them were lost. But there was enough for a photoessay, one that offered at least a small glimpse of the extraordinary art, the beautiful faces, and the brilliant colors of Black Rock City.
Press & Interviews
Scott London: Burning Man — Pocko Times
Interview with Scott London — Photographer Monthly Magazine
Preview of Burning Man 2015 — Wired Magazine
Can Attending Burning Man Change Your Life? — Discovery’s This Happened Here
Artist Interview with Photographer Scott London — Ignite Channel
An Interview with Scott London — Arts Illustrated
Scott London Captures the Magic of Burning Man — Visual News
Scott London: Burning Man — It’s Nice That
A Conversation with Gérard Klein — French TV (Video)