This year's annual Palmer Fest started peacefully and then turned ugly at nightfall, as some of the student revelers clashed with Athens police. Stylized portraiture and documentary photography combine to illustrate the outlandish and inevitably dangerous atmosphere.

Andrew Burkle: Portrait Photography
Andrew Spear, Sam Saccone: Documentary Photography
Annie Agnone: Audio
Whitney Traylor, Jamie Farrell: Portrait Assistants
Elissa Roberts: Copy Editing
Andrea Morales: Production
Jennifer Poggi: Senior Producer

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