Bryan Schutmaat is an American photographer whose work has been widely exhibited and published in the USA and overseas. He has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Aperture Portfolio Prize, Center’s 2013 Gallerist’s Choice Awards, the 2013 Daylight Photo Awards, the 2011 Carl Crow Memorial Fellowship, and, most recently, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 2020. In 2014, Bryan was chosen to shoot the cover of TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year 2014 issue, as well as being selected for PDN’s 30 new photographers to watch; in 2013, Dazed Magazine named Bryan one of Paris Photo’s “breakout stars,” and he was chosen as a Flash Forward Emerging Photographer by the Magenta Foundation. During his inaugural show at Sasha Wolf Gallery in the fall of 2014, his work was acquired by two notable institutions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Hood Museum of Art, and he received press coverage from the New Yorker, Collector Daily, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Bryan has had multiple solo exhibitions in 2020 alone, including those at Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, NE, Museu Da Imagem Em Movimento, Leiria, Portugal, and Fototeca Latinoamericana, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
His first monograph, Grays the Mountain Sends, was published by the Silas Finch Foundation in 2013 to international critical acclaim. The Washington Post and numerous other publications cited it as one of the best photo-books of 2013, it won the photo-book category in the New York Photo Awards, it was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo First Book Award, and it was acquired by libraries at the MoMA, New York and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Grays the Mountain Sends is currently in its second edition. His second monograph, Good Goddamn, was released in 2017 by Trespasser.
Bryan holds a BA in history from the University of Houston and an MFA in photography from Hartford Art School. His photos can be found in the permanent collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and numerous private collections. He lives in Austin, Texas.