Book Release | Compass of the Ephemeral: The Aerial Photographs of Black Rock City

Nevada artist and Burning Man cultural co-founder Will Roger photographs the ever-changing cityscape and transformation of Black Rock City. The book contains a substantial collection of aerial photos by Will Roger, urban design collaborations between Will and Burning Man architect Rod Garrett, foreword by Burning Man cultural co-founder Harley Dubois and essays by William L. Fox, director of Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art, Alexei Vranich PhD, an American archaeologist at UC Berkeley, and Tony “Coyote” Perez-Banuet, co-founder of Department of Public Works and city superindendent of Black Rock City. Available in hardback format. Compass of the Ephemeral will be available in stores worldwide, Publication date scheduled for April 12, 2019, Distribution through Ingram Content Group. 

Will discovered Burning Man in 1994, through his life partner Crimson Rose. Together and with several others, they co-founded Black Rock City, LLC, the company that produces Burning Man event for nearly 20 years. As a cultural co-founder of Burning Man, he founded and managed the Black Rock City Department of Public Works — a team of several hundred people responsible for the pre-event and post-event construction logistics and production. He is the co-founder of the Black Rock Art Foundation and a founding board member of Burning Man Project, and is the vice-president of Friends of the Black Rock/High Rock. Will is heavily involved in conservation efforts of the Black Rock Desert, which is the United States' largest National Conservation Area, and which is home to the Burning Man event. He served as chairman of the Sierra Front – North Western Great Basin – Resource Advisory Council (RAC), and is currently a member of the RAC NCA Subgroup.

Will is also an accomplished photographer, and worked nearly 20 years at the Rochester Institute of Technology as a photo chemist, administrator, associate professor, and assistant director.


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