New York City, Michael Lorenzini, Michael discussed on B&H Photography Podcast
The nice folks over at the pin number foundation. There's also a food and beer garden and photographs are everywhere, but a majority of the exhibitions are housed in shipping containers. And like last year we wanted about the events speaking with the Taga Fers editors and exhibit curator's first up, we're going to speak with Michael Lorenzini of the New York City municipal archives who alone with Matthew minor organized a show from the archive of the WPA federal writers project. We spoke with Michael about this impressive collection and his thoughts about the mission of the municipal archive, which he's been part of for over two decades. We stay in the new cruise. We speak with teachers and students from to New York City high schools, the high school of fashion industries, and my alma mater the high school of art and design. We had a chance to talk about the long standing photography programs and their current exhibit telling a story and selling an idea from there. We head over to an exhibit consequences slash consequences, which was organized by photographers from Shabbat Mexico. After a short break, we're going to return with Ron Viv and Dr Lauren Walsh of the seven foundation. Exhibit the focus of our chat is their upcoming film. Biography of a photo which traces the impact of two photographs. Ron Aviv took early in his career which have left indelible marks on the countries in which they were taken not to mention pretty much everybody who's viewed these photographs. Our next stop is to contain a curated by the authority collective and their exhibit the littlest thirty under the radar photographers. Here we're going to speak with members of the collective and photographer Arlene Geraldo whose work is included and we wrap up this visit. Fota Ville two thousand eighteen by speaking with curator Krista Dick's from the Los Angeles based gallery wall space, creative about their exhibit internal ballistics. Let's start with Michael Lorenzini from the New York City. Municipal archives with Michael Lauren's Zini with the WPA archive. We got some amazing black and white photographs. They go back decades specifically from the w. Which the nineteen thirties, correct? Yeah. The WPA was part of the Roosevelt's new deal Depression-era ways of battling unemployment. They had a number of different projects, and one of the largest ones involved the arts was w pay federal writers project. Now you said writers photographers. So the there was the federal art project, and there was the federal writers project, and there was federal music and theater and all these things. But the federal writers project had units in states which are forty eight states at the time, and they had a New York City unit, which was the largest of the units, and they collected photographs from the federal projects, and they also had their own staff otographer is that they sent out to document a lot of those photographs. Once that most peop- a lot of people are familiar with this notable photographers want to rattle off a few names. Well, I, I mean the in this exhibit the names, people are going to recognize. Is Dorothea Lang and Bernice Abbott, and we do have an number Abbott prints in the in the collection and couple of Dorothea lines. But I think what's interesting about the show is a lot of the other photographs are by either. We don't know, took them or their by photographers. The general public hasn't heard heard of before. How many were there. They're all together. We have never been able to compile a complete list of all all the photographers. Because like I said, some of them are are not lie on not listed in the in the New York City unit, though. I think we've been able to at least two dozen photographers and in that collection but the and but then he also collected, like I said, photographs on the federal art project and for commercial photographers. I think what's interesting is that a lot of these photographs, if you look at them, they're almost snapshots and they're kind of you'd even say mundane in many, many ways, the ordinary yet when you look at them, they are record of some of things that people in places that don't exist anymore. And they say an awful lot. You look at one photograph you seeing architecture, seeing the way people are dressed. You seeing automobiles, you're seeing occupations that don't even exist anymore. You don't see too many push cards now now. So the inspiration for the show is a one thousand nine hundred show that was done..