Join us at Bermondsey Project Space for an exciting new exhibition and book launch by Olympus Visionary Philip Volkers.
Every year 75,000 people descend on an alkaline lake bed in Nevada for The Burning Man Festival, a highly influential festival and haven for enquiring minds. Few people are fortunate enough to experience a decade of Burning Man, one of the most extraordinary human gatherings in the world, but as official photographer, Philip Volkers has captured the many raw and spiritual moments from the festival over the past ten years.
The culminated works from his unique vantage point has led to the creation of a new art book ‘Dust to Dawn’ published by Kehrer Verlag and an exhibition of large scale works to be held at Bermondsey Project Space.
Volkers’ passion is the documentation of spiritual, hedonistic gatherings, and exploring the meaning behind them.
“I have always had a fascination with human gatherings and what first attracted me to Burning Man was that it is one of the only places on Earth that transgresses commodification; a place where people from across the globe are stripped of social crutches such as mobile phones and gather to push themselves to the limits of survival and expression. Having been part of Burning man for 10 years, I have seen it evolve into the global phenomenon that it is today but at its core the fundamentals of what Burning Man stands for remain the same, and ‘Dust to Dawn’ and the exhibition is my way of celebrating Burning Man and revealing a little of the magic that lies under its surface.”
As one of the UK’s most exciting photographers, Phillip Volkers’ work has taken him across five continents and disciplines as diverse as fashion, film and extreme sports. After studying Indian Philosophy and Shamanic Studies at SOAS, he forged his early career in fashion as an assistant to US Vogue’s exclusive backstage photographer. He then moved into film and television as stills photographer for the BBC, during which he won the coveted Royal Photographic Society Award for Aspiring Photographers.