Digital Rights

This blog series was published in July of 2010.


Welcome to Digital Rights: Debates in the Dust

As you may have read in the blogosphere, the Burning Man Project has been undergoing a review of legal terms related to media documentation at the event. And while the goal of this effort is to determine the specific legal language on the ticket and Burning Man’s Terms and Conditions, it’s really about accurately reflecting the culture and community of the Burning Man event. Rosalie Fay Barnes introduces the Digital Rights Blog Series, and invites you to join the discussion about this highly complex, nuanced issue. Read more.

Burning Man Updates Its Terms and Conditions for 2011

Working with volunteers from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Creative Commons, Burning Man has updated its Terms and Conditions regarding camera use at the Burning Man event for 2011. Read more.


Cultural Considerations

Photography Is My Gift to the Community

“Taking photographs is not just something that I do, it is what I do. My enjoyment of an event is intrinsically and inextricably linked to my taking photographs of it, and when I can’t, my enjoyment is substantially lessened.” Read more.

Neil Girling, aka mr. Nightshade, is a photographer and blogger well-known for covering the San Francisco Bay Area underground scene. You can see his work on (Photo by Steph Goralnick.)

Beyond Camera Consumerism, Photography Can Also be Art

“Our fast-paced, highly consumerist world reflects the way we take pictures, thousands of pictures. That’s why I decided to become an integral part of the Flaming Lotus Girls, as their documentarian, where I the filmmaker wasn’t a voyeur but rather a full participant.” Read more.

Olivier BoninOlivier Bonin studied photography in San Francisco, where he found his way into filmmaking. He embedded with the Flaming Lotus Girls to create his provocative documentary film “Dust and Illusions“.


Photography Without Consent: A View From Inside The Ride

“I care deeply about camera and privacy issues on the playa. This has not always been the case. My first Critical Tits Ride changed all of that – no woman who enters that ride with any degree of vulnerability comes out the other end unaware of the cameras and their misuse. To ride is to experience, and witness first hand, the cost of photography without consent.” Read more.

Carolyn Ellis, aka Kali, rode in the Critical Tits Ride for several years before becoming one of the principle organizers of this storied Burning Man tradition.