Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline – Bryan Schutmaat

We are excited to feature the work of Bryan Schutmaat as the next Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline artist. Bryan Schutmaat, who was just announced as the 2013 Aperture Portfolio Prize Winner, currently lives and works in Austin, TX. His series, 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.

Wes, near Kellogg, Idaho, 2011

Bryan Schutmaat is a photographer whose work has been widely exhibited and published in the United States and overseas. He has earned numerous honors, including the first place in CENTER’s 2013 Gallerist Choice Awards as well as Houston Center for Photography’s Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship in 2011. He was also a winner in Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2013 and a finalist in Aperture’s 2013 Portfolio Prize. Bryan’s photos have been featured in many magazines and media outlets, such as Hotshoe International, PDN, VICE, Esquire Russia, CNN, The Sunday Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Aesthetica, Houston Chronicle, and The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography, among many others. His editorial clients include Bloomberg Businessweek, Dwell, The Wire, Inc., Telegraph UK, New York Times, and many more.  He holds a BA in history from the University of Houston and an MFA in photography from Hartford Art School. Bryan’s photos can be found in the permanent collection at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and numerous private collections.

Cemetery, Tonopah, Nevada , 2012

Bryan Schutmaat website

Aperture Portfolio Prize

Aint-Bad Magazine

Burn. Magazine

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Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline is an exciting venture at Catherine Edelman Gallery inspired by the hundreds of photographs we see on blogs and online galleries. Started in January 2011, CEG introduces Chicagoans to new artists we find while searching the web, exhibiting a small selection of one person’s work every two months, taking the pictures offline and putting them on the wall. It is our goal that Ctrl+P will provide further exposure for these photographers away from the glow of a computer monitor and without the temptation to click to the next link. We hope you will join us by unplugging from the internet and visiting CEG to see these photographs the way they were intended — in print.