May 9, 2021

Capturing Burning Man With Photographer Anders Overgaard

When trying to describe Burning Man, the annual weeklong festival of unbridled self-expression in Black Rock Desert, Nev., attendees — known colloquially as “Burners” — often default to platitudes such as “incredible,” “life changing,” or simply, “you had to be there” in describing their experience during the last week of August.
But as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. In 2013, photographer and director Anders Overgaard ventured into the barren, dust-filled landscape knowing only that he wanted to accurately capture the festival’s ethereal splendor. Waking each day at 4 a.m., Overgaard traipsed tirelessly through the tent city and among the temporary art installations to capture celebrants — still awake from the night before — in all manner of unique costume.
Many of those arresting images have made their way into a limited-edition book titled “Nothing Left Behind,” and an exhibition of the same name debuting Sept. 27 at the Jason McCoy Gallery in New York.
“We would start shooting as the light was rising,” remarks the Danish-born photographer. “I love that magic hour.” Wrapping his camera in a “plastic ball” of electrical tape, Overgaard would spend midday traveling the unforgiving terrain on bicycle and obsessively capturing candid photos of the

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