"In very broad terms, it seems that the work made in the West during the 20th century portrays a prolonged event – a disaster, you could say – that unfolded as modernity overtook the landscape and ideologies were instilled in American culture".
Four photographers – Christaan Felber, Bryan Schutmaat,Jake Stangel and Michael Friberg – were enlisted by photo editors Luise Stauss and Ayanna Quint to document man’s mistakes and their consequences. Mr. Friberg, who has lived in the West for the last decade, thought he knew the issues facing the Colorado River. He soon discovered he was wrong.
CENTER's Gallerist's Choice Juror, Lauren Panzo is the Director at Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York. Lauren selected Bryan Schtmaat to recieved the 1st place Award for his evocative project, Grays the Mountain Sends. Tomorrow we will feature 2nd and 3rd
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