Burning Man may be perched on the precipice of turning into a Club Med for start-up dudes, but attendees still expect the festival to live up to its synapse-scrambling legacy. Beginning in 1998, photographer NK Guy, whose work is collected in the new book Art of Burning Man (Taschen), has braved the Black Rock desert to document the trippy and massive art installations, which are often wryer than the (literally) fiery images so associated with the rumpus. (This year’s edition kicks off August 30.) “Many of the artists there don’t come from the mainstream,” explains Guy. “It’s not stuff you’d see in a traditional gallery.” Or anywhere else.
*This article appears in the August 10, 2015 issue of New York Magazine.