Compass of the Ephemeral: Aerial Photography of Black Rock City through the Lens of Will Roger

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The annual Burning Man event and its location in Black Rock City have become icons representing novel creativeness while promoting unrestrained expression. Co-founder of this inspiring phenomenon, Will Rogers has assembled a colorful collection of aerial photographs recording the evolution of this summer site over the past thirteen years starting in 2005. Interspersed within this photographic assemblage are a series of essays describing the objectives of this meeting place, the geology and natural history of the site, some glimpses into the personalities of the founding characters, and ultimately meeting the challenges of fulfilling both the demands of the Department of Public Works and meeting the needs of the escalating number of camping participants. Building a temporary city on a dry lake bed in the Nevadan dust was the challenge undertaken by founder Larry Harvey, builder Rod Garret and Will Rogers; this is their story told with passion, devotion, commitment and quite a bit of humor. The photos clearly depict the growing pains endured by this effort to design the semi-circular clockwork transitory city plan needed for the campers to revel in. This illustrated story is inspiring, but I wish there were more down to earth land views to compare with the aerial scenes.

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Author Will Roger
Star Count /5
Format Hard
Page Count 216 pages
Publisher Smallworks Press
Publish Date 2019-06-18
ISBN 9780977880652 Buy this Book
Issue July 2019
Category Architecture & Photography


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