Melissa Smyth


Artist Statement

In describing the schemes that tore through, dug up, and reconfigured the Bronx over the course of its centuries of development, former NYCHA director Warren Moscow once said, "there was no grand design." Yet while the whims of power have abused its landscape, it has made itself into a place for itself. A place of little pretense, it exists not for the outside eye but for the people and communities who dwell within it, bearing and wearing the signs of their living and passing through. Its beauty lies in what has come about in the absence of a "grand design." The photographs in this series were a part of her senior undergraduate thesis at Fordham University in 2013.

No Grand Design: Photographs from the Bronx