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Farewell presents: Bryan Schutmaat & Ashlyn Davis

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Book release and signing

Join us Thursday evening, December 18th, for a book release and signing with Bryan Schutmaat and Ashlyn Davis. Schutmaat will sign and speak about his photo book 'Grays the Mountain Sends' made available again in a much anticipated 2nd edition. Schutmaat and Davis will also be presenting their new collaborative book, 'Islands of the Blest.' Both books are published through The Silas Finch Foundation. Beverages will be available. We are very happy to see you all.

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Farewell Books
913 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Free & Open to the public / 6 - 8 PM


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. From Tom Claxton: "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."

ISLANDS OF THE BLEST brings together a collection of photographs that depict various places in the American West, and were taken over a one hundred-year period, from the 1870s through the 1970s. The photographers represented range from the completely unknown to some of America’s most distinguished practitioners of the medium. All of the images were sourced from digital public archives. Edited by Ashlyn Davis and Bryan Schutmaat.


ASHLYN DAVIS is a graduate student in the Department of American Studies at UT, and her research focuses on the intersections between photography and culture. Prior to moving to Austin, she worked in publishing at Penguin Books and was a Work Scholar at The Aperture Foundation.

BRYAN SCHUTMAAT is an award-winning photographer whose recent monograph, Grays the Mountain Sends, has garnered international praise. He lives in Austin and is represented by Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York City. 

THE SILAS FINCH FOUNDATION was founded by Kevin Messina in 2009 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization based in New York. They work collaboratively with artists to produce, publish and promote ambitious photographic projects.