Bryan Schutmaat is an American photographer whose work has been widely appreciated. His photographs can be found in the permanent collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and numerous private collections.
Bryan is particularly interested in portraying rural America, searching for its identity through the inhabitants of small towns. The series Grays the Mountain Sends is a raw portrait of the small mountain towns and mining communities in the American West.
It shows the landscapes and specifics of the place mixed with portraits and still lifes. Equipped with a large format view camera, and inspired by the poetry of Richard Hugo, Bryan aimed to hint at narratives and relay the experiences of people of the great American West. His images, carefully controlled in both palette and structure, doesn’t beautify the place, but expresses the land exactly as it is. "Ultimately, this body of work is a meditation on small town life, the landscape, and more importantly, the inner landscapes of common men,” added Bryan.