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BRYAN SCHUTMAAT: WORKSHOP AND TALK
workshop: Saturday Dec 8 + Sunday Dec. 9
talk: Friday, Dec 7 _7pm
Bryan Schutmaat (born 1983) is a Texas-based photographer whose emotive and lyrical work depicts the Great American West through intense and poetic images of the rugged landscape and the people inhabiting it.
His first book Grays the Mountain Sends (Silas Finch Foundation, 2013 / second edition in 2014) describes a series of mining sites and small mountain towns and the people working and living there. The book received international critical acclaim and the work was awarded also with the 2013 Aperture Portfolio Prize.
Schutmaat’s second monograph Good Goddamn (Trespasser, 2017 /second edition in 2018) is the result of the last few days spent with a friend in Texas before he was going to prison.
The vast American landscape, the wilderness, what men do in the land and to the land and how they relate to it, the theme of loneliness, masculinity; Schutmaat belongs to a generation of younger photographers, those who – as written by Lesley Martin, have fine-tuned their descriptive prowess yet seek to sprinkle in a goodly measure of subjectivity and portraiture—a helping of New Topographics combined with a modicum of the New Document, aka the New Docugraphics —who may be best able to fully capture the contemporary lessons of the American West.
His work is influenced by the great American photography tradition – Robert Adams, Garry Winogrand, Joel Sternfeld, but also Alec Soth – just to name a few. But there’s much more. His images bear the sound of folk, country, blues rock, indie and pop music. And though he says that ‘words get in the way of photos, at least for my work’, literature and poetry are also a fundamental inspiration: The Ice at the Bottom of the World by Mark Richard (for Good Goddamn) and Richard Hugo’s poem ‘Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg’ (for Grays the Mountain Sends), with an evident quote in the last image depicting hope in the form of a red-hair woman – also an homage to William Eggleston
Say no to yourself. The old man, twenty
when the jail was built, still laughs
although his lips collapse. Someday soon,
he says, I’ll go to sleep and not wake up.
You tell him no. You’re talking to yourself.
The car that brought you here still runs.
The money you buy lunch with,
no matter where it’s mined, is silver
and the girl who serves your food
is slender and her red hair lights the wall.
Bryan Schutmaat also edited, together with Ashlyn Davis, a beautiful book called Islands of the Blest (The Silas Finch Foundation, 2014 / second edition in 2016, with a poem by Michael McGriff): the book presents a selection of photographs from digital public archives, from the 1870s through the 1970s, depicting various places in the American West.
During this workshop, Bryan will share insight about the making of his projects and talk about why he decided to publish his own work (Trespasser is his own imprint). A special focus will be dedicated to his inspirations, not only in photography. Over the two days, the students will also have the opportunity to show and have a feedback of a selected edit of their work.
Schutmaat photos can be found in the collections at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Hood Museum at Dartmouth, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Good Goddamn was recently exhibited at Kominek Gallery in Berlin and will be shown at Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from November 2018 to January 2019.
when: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December from 10am to 6pm
where: Micamera – via Medardo Rosso, 19 – Milan
how much: 250€
number of students: maximum 13
info: Giulia Zorzi / firstname.lastname@example.org / +39 335 6817917