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As interest in photography has proliferated, photographs have ironically become more intangible and it is more difficult to have a career as a photographer. Through working as a photo editor, a documentary photographer, a writer and an educator, Michael has carved out a career in photography and preservation. He will talk about the challenges of photo preservation, his successes in archive diving and his own photography.
Michael Lorenzini (Clark University, 1992) is an archivist, writer, and photographer. He has worked at the New York City Department of Records since 1997, currently as Operations Manager, and prior to that as Curator of Photography and Deputy Director of the Municipal Archives. He initiated the first digitization program for the agency and led the recovery and processing of many important photographic collections including the NYPD photo archive.
Before working in archives, he was a photo-book editor at Aperture. He is the author of New York Rises (Aperture, 2007), about the photographs of Eugene de Salignac whose work he discovered and whose life story he uncovered. It was the winner of the New York Society Library’s New York Book Award. He has taught the Preservation of Cultural Heritage Materials course at Queens College Graduate School of Library Science since 2015. He began teaching in NYU’s Archives and Public History Program in 2020.
Please note: This event is only open to members of the Clark campus community who are currently enrolled in the Clark University Covid-19 testing program. Audience members must be masked and vaccinated (or have received an exemption from the University). Clark ID required for entry. Members of the public are not invited to join us in person at this time.