Photos Document The Birth Of Burning Man’s Counter Culture

Photos Document The Birth Of Burning Man’s Counter Culture

Vintage photos show a glimpse of the beginnings of the week-long event.

Leah Gonzalez

The Huffington Post was provided with exclusive vintage photos of the festival Burning Man and its early days with the founders.

Burning Man, founded in 1986 by Larry Harvey, is a week-long event held at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Every year tens of thousands attend the event to create Black Rock City, a place ‘dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.’

The photos were taken in the late 80’s and early 90’s and show a glimpse of how it all started with a small group at Baker Beach in San Francisco.

A couple of the photos show the first few attendees carrying the wooden effigy to the beach and then hoisting it up at the site.

Other photos are from the early days when the festival moved to Black Rock, Nevada.

See some of our favorites in the gallery below.

Click here to see more of the images.

Burning Man

Header image by Christopher Michel via Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Images via The Huffington Post