Anders Overgaard is an internationally acclaimed photographer and director born in Helsingor, Denmark. He completed his formal training at Copenhagen’s Technical School of Photography but gained an arguably more valuable education throughout his early career assisting notable photographers Gilles Bensimon and Bruce Weber. Since 1995, he has worked independently, contributing to editorial clients like The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Elle, Vogue, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire, among many others. He currently lives and works between New York City and Copenhagen.
For this book project, Nothing Left Behind (2017), Anders went to Burning Man on an assignment and came back with an incredible personal body of work illustrating his experiences from the annual gathering in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Lured in by the dynamic atmosphere and its transient occupants, Anders began capturing “this roaring monster” of creativity, freedom and artistic expression. He quickly became immersed in the spectacle and aimed to document the individuals in all their mesmerizing self-innovation: artworks at dusk, moments of celebration, burning structures and the ash-covered grounds of the morning after. Upon review, Anders quickly realized that these photographs were unfit for any commercial assignment, and instead, he assembled them into an art book.