Free Photography Zone, Portraits on the Playa

Dates and Times:
Monday, August 31st – All Day
Tuesday, September 1st – All Day
Wednesday, September 2nd – All Day
Thursday, September 3rd – All Day
Friday, September 4th – All Day
Saturday, September 5th – All Day
Located at Camp:
Free Photography Zone
Free Photography Zone (Center Camp Plaza @ 6:00)


My camp, the Free Photography Zone, has been doing portraits of the participants of Burning Man continuously for the past 19 years. Each person, or group, is photographed in a studio setting and given an instant print as their tangible reminder of their Burning Man experience. I then photograph then on medium format black and white film so that, if they wish, they can get prints at a later date.

These are not a re-do of your high school yearbook portrait just in Burning Man attire. I try to give each person enough time to help me make a lasting photograph. On our gallery walls in our shade structure there are black and white prints ranging in size from 16x20" to 4x5' that I hope will be of some inspiration to you. Though I try not to duplicate what I have done in the past they may serve as a jumping off point for our photography session. Not the easiest thing given the approximately 47,000 black and white negatives done so far. I have never counted and see no reason to start now.

I consider the people I photograph as the most important part of any photograph and always try my best to make a photograph that will be of lasting value and interest well beyond the moment of its creation.

Come, join me, and together we may make something wonderful.

I usually begin each day about 10 or 11 AM and continue into the night till I can't keep on my feet any longer. Weather permitting I'll begin on Sunday August 30th through Saturday September 5th.

I do look forward to photographing you.