Islands of the Blest • Bryan Schutmaat and Ashlyn Davis
11.5 x 13.5 inches
44 duotone plates offset printed on uncoated paper
stapled binding with letterpress-printed cloth cover
These photographs depict various places in the American West. They were taken over a one hundred-year period, from the 1870s through the 1970s. The photographers presented here range from the completely unknown to some of America’s most distinguished practitioners of the medium. All images were sourced from digital public archives, primarily the Library of Congress and the United States Geological Survey.
Bryan Schutmaat is an American photographer whose work has been widely exhibited and published in the USA and abroad. His first monograph, Grays the Mountain Sends, was published by Silas Finch in 2013 to international critical acclaim.
Ashlyn Davis is Executive Director & Curator at the Houston Center for Photography, and the editor of SPOT, a bi-annual magazine about photography.