3. Burners by Nicholas King
The year author Nicholas King's wife passed away from ALS, he read about Burning Man in the New York Times. The articles depicted it as a wild, freethinking community of artists gathering gathered in the desert to display outrageous art and burn something.
So what happens when someone who's never been goes to Burning Man to have the adventure his late wife wanted him to have? King quickly discovered that the Times articles were accurate but far too narrow. From infants to octogenarians, executives to bohemians, people of all races, heritages, gender identities, sexual orientations and more gathered to express themselves, to create art, and to participate in a grand sort of experiment in communal living.
The 174 images in Burners reveal the extreme diversity of people who attend the event. Through the conduit of the camera lens, King reveals emotions ranging from play to joy, innocence, anger, confidence, uncertainty, sorrow and serenity. According to King, "We saw one another, shared and unveiled facets of the humanity behind the masks."
The majority of profits from Burners will be donated to fund future Temples at Burning Man.