Renegade photographer Philip Volkers travels the world with his camera, achieving total immersion in both modern and ancient festivals. His passion is the documentation of spiritual, hedonistic gatherings, and exploring the meaning behind them with his work. Dust to Dawn documents the visual adventures of Volkers at Nevada’s notorious festival, Burning Man.


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Every year 75,000 people descend on a blisteringly hot alkaline lake bed in Nevada, to let loose and make art. Burning Man is a human gathering of colossal proportions.

What started as an anarchist San Francisco beach party, where revelers would burn the man, has become a highly influential festival and a haven for many enquiring minds.

Philip Volkers began documenting Burning Man in 2006. In Dust to Dawn, we join him on his photographic adventures in this visual playground. Epic vistas and stunning natural light contrast playfully with dystopian installations. Philip’s beguiling portraits of unearthly characters toy with readers’ preconceptions, while his landscapes honor the festival’s remarkable natural setting.

#1 Flaming Tuba, David Silverman, 2007 - Photo By Philip Volkerst

Flaming Tuba, David Silverman, 2007 - Photo By Philip Volkerst

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#2 Equatorial Encounter, Matt Evans, 2007 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Equatorial Encounter, Matt Evans, 2007 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#3 Fish Art Car Cruises Past Temple Of Juno, 2012 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Fish Art Car Cruises Past Temple Of Juno, 2012 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#4 Embrace Burning At Sunrise, 2014 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Embrace Burning At Sunrise, 2014 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#5 Rhino Redemption, Reared In Steel, 2014 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Rhino Redemption, Reared In Steel, 2014 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#6 Artist Performing In Centre Camp, 2006 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Artist Performing In Centre Camp, 2006 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#7 The Man Illuminated At Night, 2006 - Photo By Philip Volkers

The Man Illuminated At Night, 2006 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#8 The Burning Man, 2014 - Photo By Philip Volkers

The Burning Man, 2014 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#9 Aerial View Of Black Rock City, 2006 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Aerial View Of Black Rock City, 2006 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#10 The Man, 2013 (Theme:cargo Cult) - Photo By Philip Volkers

The Man, 2013 (Theme:cargo Cult) - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#11 Crashsite Alpha13, Aphidoidea, 2013 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Crashsite Alpha13, Aphidoidea, 2013 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#12 Fisherman, Tony Zorich, 2012 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Fisherman, Tony Zorich, 2012 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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Hope Floats 2 months ago

I love this..!!

#13 Coyote, Bryan Tedrick, 2013, - Photo By Philip Volkers

Coyote, Bryan Tedrick, 2013, - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#14 Pirates At Dawn, 2007 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Pirates At Dawn, 2007 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#15 Dragon At Night, 2013 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Dragon At Night, 2013 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#16 Rip Heidi - Photo By Philip Volkers

Rip Heidi - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#17 The Man Is Burning, 2014 - Photo By Philip Volkers

The Man Is Burning, 2014 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#18 Bring It On, 2012 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Bring It On, 2012 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#19 The Temple Of Juno Burning, 2012 - Photo By Philip Volkers

The Temple Of Juno Burning, 2012 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#20 The Man, 2007 (Theme: The Green Man) - Photo By Philip Volkers

The Man, 2007 (Theme: The Green Man) - Photo By Philip Volkers

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Hope Floats 2 months ago

This looks quite eerie.. Like the end of the world...

#21 The Man, 2014 (Theme: Caravansary) - Photo By Philip Volkers

The Man, 2014 (Theme: Caravansary) - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#22 The Man, With Bone Tree By Dana Albany In Foreground, 2007 - Photo By Philip Volkers

The Man, With Bone Tree By Dana Albany In Foreground, 2007 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#23 Bliss Dance, Marco Cochrane, 2010 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Bliss Dance, Marco Cochrane, 2010 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#24 Lovers Return, 2017 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Lovers Return, 2017 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#25 Truth Is Beauty And The Disco Duck At Night, 2013 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Truth Is Beauty And The Disco Duck At Night, 2013 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#26 The Temple Burns, 2013 - Photo By Philip Volkers

The Temple Burns, 2013 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#27 Scorched Remains, 2014 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Scorched Remains, 2014 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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#28 Expose Yourself To Nature, 2012 - Photo By Philip Volkers

Expose Yourself To Nature, 2012 - Photo By Philip Volkers

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