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Grand Mudford Finds Beauty in the Incomplete

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Published: • References: grantmudford and gizmodo
In a field where every photograph seems polished to the point of overkill, the work of Grant Mudford is a breath of fresh air. Unlike most architectural photographers, Mudford focuses on incomplete buildings and works-in-progress. Oftentimes, Mudford documents the thankless, half-finished efforts on abandoned construction sites. The photos definitely have a lonely element to them; however, there is still a surprising aspect of beauty present.

The Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University honored Mudford with the Excellence in Photography award, a prize that is awarded to architectural photographers mid-way through their careers.

Mudford's work will be featured in a corresponding exhibition. The show's curator Michael Duncan, says, "Grant Mudford deconstructs the elemental components of architecture, transforming the rebar, concrete and stucco of ordinary building sites into poignant statements about frailty and strength."