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Photos: Burning Man 2011

© 2011 Michael Holden

Artists, bohemians, and revelers of all kinds have been making the pilgrimage to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the Burning Man festival since 1990. The festival, which started out as a small gathering in San Francisco in 1986, is now a massive event, with over 53,000 attendees this year embracing its principles of decommodification and radical inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression. This gallery of photos by Michael Holden includes some of the most awe-inspiring art created for Burning Man 2011 – such as "Orgasm" by Brian Tedrick, which you can see here – as well as images of festival-goers at play.

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© 2011 Michael Holden

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The theme of the Burning Man 2011 was Rites of Passage. Attendees create their own themes for their respective camps and mutant vehicles.

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