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New York City Police Department Photograph Collection, 1914-1975, Preservation and Access Project
Michael Lorenzini, New York City Department of Records & Information Services
Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=PW-228185-15
Curators in Conversation: Police Photography in the Archive and the Museum (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Curators in Conversation: Police Photography in the Archive and the Museum
Author: Michael Lorenzini
Abstract: The Dark Archive Symposium. Sponsored by Macquerie University and the Sydney Justice & Police Museum, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Prof. Katherine Biber in conversation with Curator Nerida Campbell of the Sydney Living Museums and Michael Lorenzini of the New York City Municipal Archives on the ethics of reusing forensic photography.
Conference Name: The Dark Archive Symposium
Documenting the City: Crime, writing and photography (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Documenting the City: Crime, writing and photography
Abstract: In conversation with Luc Sante, Michael Lorenzini, Peter Doyle and Katherine Biber
How do we tell the stories of our cities? What is the role of photography, the archive and writing in understanding the city’s narratives, especially the ordinary, the criminal or the underbelly?
An in conversation at the Justice & Police Museum, home of the Police Forensic Archive a photographic record of criminal cases in early 20th century Sydney.
Featuring author Peter Doyle Crooks Like Us (2009) and City of Shadows: Sydney Police Photographs 1912-1948 (2005); acclaimed writer and critic Luc Sante The Other Paris (2015); and Michael Lorenzini (Deputy Director of New York City Archives). A rare opportunity to see these internationally recognized commentators sharing perspectives of their own cities, as they explore the nexus between archives, photography and writing, and the ways in which we document and tell stories of our cities. Chaired by legal scholar, historian and criminologist Professor Katherine Biber, a panel discussion followed by a question and answer session.
Presented in collaboration with Macquarie University
Author: Michael Lorenzini
Location: Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, Australia
Primary URL: http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/events/documenting-city-crime-writing-and-photography
Primary URL Description: Documenting the City, event listing.
Pretty Girl Charged With Clever Swindle: Women and Crime in Early 20th-Century New York (Exhibition)
Title: Pretty Girl Charged With Clever Swindle: Women and Crime in Early 20th-Century New York
Curator: Quinn Berkman and Michael Lorenzini
Abstract: The mug shot, or criminal portrait, is one of the earliest uses of police photography. Used primarily to identify known criminals, its use was not without controversy and misidentification was common. In addition, mug shots were often used as a form of public shaming. These images capture a rich cross-section of the city’s population, depicting dress and social status in addition to possible criminal behavior. Focusing solely on women captured by police camera, this exhibit examines how these unique portraits offer a fascinating window into the lives of women in early 20th-century New York.
Primary URL: http://www.archives.nyc/photoville-2016/
Primary URL Description: Online exhibit of the 2016 Pop-Up Exhibit:
Badgers and sneak thieves, dishonest servants and disorderly houses, Fagins, shoplifters, con artists and grifters. Who were these pretty girls and hard women?
Life was never easy for women in New York and the way they were treated by the law and the press varied according to their social class. Was it poverty or hysteria? Was she an “idle housewife” or a “hard-working stenographer”? Was it “kleptomania” or “grand larceny”?
Secondary URL: http://www.photoville.com/pretty-girl-charged-with-clever-swindle/
Secondary URL Description: Photoville NYC 2016