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Philip Volkers: Dust to Dawn, A Photographic Adventure at Burning Man

Every year, 75,000 people descend on an alkaline lake bed in Nevada, USA, for the Burning Man Festival, a highly influential festival and haven for enquiring minds.

Philip Volkers has spent the last decade documenting his experience of the spiritual and hedonistic gatherings as the festival’s official photographer. His works have culminated in the creation of a new book Dust to Dawn, as well as an exhibition of the same name to be held at the Bermondsey Project Space celebrating its launch. The exhibition will then tour, moving to Lucy Bell Gallery throughout October.

From vast and hazy desert landscapes to surreal sculptures, Dust to Dawn encompasses the full Burning Man experience. Here at Metro Imaging, we’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Philip to produce Bespoke C-type PrintsReverse-Perspex Mounted in Keyline Frames for the exhibition, which launches on the 11th of September.

‘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 glove are stripped of social crutches such as mobile phones and gather to push themselves to the limits of survival and expression.

Burning Man is a completely unique opportunity to see amazing art combined with cutting edge technology. Dust to Dawn celebrates iconic Burning Man artists and designers such as Alex Wreckage and his ‘Lost Tea Party’ and Marco Cochrane.

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.’

– Philip Volkers

Dust to Dawn is definitely not one to miss, see below for the full details to add to your diary.


Bermondsey Project Space
11th September – 15th September 2018

183-185 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UW
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 11am-6pm

Lucy Bell Gallery
20th September – 20th October 201
46 Norman Road, St Leonard’s on Sea, TN38 0EJ
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 11am-4pm & Sunday 1pm-4pm

You can also buy the book here.

Photo Printing

Prints ready for collection from 4 hours, or for delivery worldwide. We are able to produce bigger and better C-Type photo prints than anywhere else in the UK. Our photo prints can go up to 120 x 72 inches (3m x 1.8m) in size, giving you a huge choice of sizes when it comes to producing your prints.

Fine Art Giclee printing

While all of our colour and black and white photo printing services are of gallery quality, a lot of photographers and artists like to produce their fine art prints on Giclee watercolour paper, using archival pigment inks.

Black & White printing

We can produce real Silver Gelatin 'Darkroom prints' from your digital files. Working with Ilford, we are able to print directly to Ilford Galerie Silver FB Glossy fibre based bromide photo paper and Ilford Galerie Digital Silver RC Pearl.

Mounting your prints

After your photos have been printed, our mounting team are able to mount the prints on a range of substrates, ranging from the lightweight foamex, foamboard or kapamount. We can also mount ctype photo prints onto more sturdy materials such as dibond or aluminium, backed with either battens or a subframe, depending on print size.

Framing your photos

When ordering online, we offer a limited range of classic photo frames, in three finishes: white photo frame, smooth black photo frame or a solid light oak frame. Alternately, just order your prints online to take advantage of our great value online ordering system, then contact us to discuss alternate framing styles and our range of thousands of frame mouldings.