Islands of the Blest

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.


November 2014
11.5 x 13.5 inches
68 pages
44 b&w plates digitally printed on uncoated paper
perfect binding with letterpress-printed cover

First Edition

ISBN: 978-1-936063-10-9
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