Andrew Baugnet Celebrates 20 Years behind the Lens

Baugnet Interior Basement

Andrew Baugnet ’87 celebrates twenty years photographing for the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER).

His work involves large format documentation of significant historical structures such as missile silos, bridges, farmsteads, gas stations, grain elevators, iron mines, schoolhouses, plantations, courthouses, and hospitals for inclusion in the Library of Congress.

Baugnet's interest in documentary photography began at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design during his senior project. He photographed vacant homes that had been bought up by Exxon in the small town of Crandon, Wisconsin in order to prepare for the creation of a copper mine.

"I had no idea where my passion for making pictures would lead to, and I owe credit to the instructors at MCAD for encouraging me to follow my heart." 

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