Grays the Mountain Sends
by Bryan Schutmaat

Published by The Silas Finch Foundation, New York, 2013

11.5 x 13.5 inches. 102 pages. 42 full color plates offset printed with UV inks on Mohawk Superfine uncoated paper. 
Flexible offset-printed cover. Screw-post binding with custom fabricated steel spine. Made in the USA.

1st edition: sold out
2nd edition: order here

Grays the Mountain Sends was named one of the best photobooks of 2013 by The Washington Post, Photo District News,
Hotshoe International, and numerous other critics. It took the top prize in the photobook category in the New York Photo Awards,
it was shortlisted for The Paris Photo/Aperture Photobook Awards, and it was acquired by libraries at the MoMA, New York and
the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, among many others. 

Praise for Grays the Mountain Sends:
Grays the Mountain Sends is like hearing Merle Haggard sing white blues about dreams and grief. Though in the book we are
allowed what only the best pictures can convey, a sense of light – in this case light at neglected hours on forgotten places in the
American West. And light on the gray eyes of old men there, some of whom might agree with the painter Rouault who said that
‘light is tragic.’ No careful viewer will forget this book. The subjects are passionately observed, the reproductions beautifully printed,
and the whole rigorously edited and produced. All to help up to see and to care.”
– Robert Adams

"The individual constituents of photobook production are rarely consolidated as wonderfully as they are in Schutmaat’s sumptuous
debut release. This remarkably sensitive and lyrical portrait of small mountain towns of the American West is one of the most
thoughtfully constructed photobooks of recent years."
– Tom Claxton


Islands of the Blest
edited by Bryan Schutmaat & Ashlyn Davis
with a poem by Michael McGriff

Published by The Silas Finch Foundation, New York, 2014

11.5 x 13.5 inches. 68 pages. 44 b&w plates offset printed with UV inks on uncoated paper. Letter-pressed cloth cover.
Staple binding. Made in the USA.

1st edition: sold out
2nd edition: order here

The photos in this book depict various places in the American West and were made by numerous photographers throughout
history, spanning over a one hundred-year period (1870s–1970s). All images were sourced from digital public archives. 

Praise for Islands of the Blest:

"With a near-perfect edit, this book can only be described as poetic. Islands of the Blest is a quiet reflection rather than a straightforward
document. Like a melancholic novella about a past lover, this book is as intimate as it is mysterious. Schutmaat and Davis craft a stunning
lyrical lament through beautiful imagery and near perfect sequencing. Despite its subtlety, Islands of the Blest remains incredibly impactful
and is sure to be recognized as one of the classic photobooks on the mythos of the American West."
– Forrest Soper, Photo-Eye review