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“Grays the Mountain Sends” combines portraits, landscapes, and still lifes in a series of photos that explores the lives of working people residing in small mountain towns and mining communities in the American West. Equipped with a large format view camera, and inspired by the poetry of Richard Hugo, I’ve aimed to hint at narratives and relay the experiences of strangers met in settings that spur my own emotions. Ultimately, this body of work is a meditation on small town life, the landscape, and more importantly, the inner landscapes of common men.
Bryan Schutmaat’s photography has been widely exhibited and published the United States and overseas. Recently, he won the first place prize in CENTER’s Gallerist’s Choice Award (Santa Fe). In 2011, he was awarded the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship along with his first solo show at the Houston Center for Photography. Bryan’s work has been published in Hotshoe International, Vice, CNN, Aesthetica, PDN, Exit Magazine, Houston Chronicle, Spot, The New York Times Inc., Bloomberg Businessweek, Suddeutsche Zeitung, and the Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography, among many others. His photos can be found in the permanent collection at the Museum of fine Arts, Houston and numerous private collections. He holds a BA in history from the University of Houston and an MFA in photography from Hartford Art School. His first book “Grays the Mountain Sends” will be published in 2014.