Senior Collection Manager, Images
Lorenzo Iozzi, Senior Collection Manager
Image: Jen McNair
Source: Museum Victoria
Lorenzo is responsible for the preservation of the History and Technology Images Collection in the Humanities department. Working with a team, he manages the cataloguing, storage and access of this collection which consists of approximately 300,000 images in various media and formats including photographs, negatives, artworks, motion film, sound recordings and prints.
Lorenzo studied Fine Art (Painting) at RMIT and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Art Conservation from the University of Melbourne. He continues his practical interest in fine art particularly through still life and landscape painting and the creation of assemblages.
Lorenzo joined the museum in 2005 after working as the Curator and Collection Manager at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria for 14 years. As part of this role he conducted numerous workshops on preservation of cultural material for small museums and historical societies in Melbourne and throughout regional Victoria. Lorenzo has also worked in similar roles at the Italian Historical Society and the Italian Australian Institute at La Trobe University.
This work has fostered an appreciation of history and the way history is created through images, in particular, through the photographic image. Having grown up in Collingwood, Lorenzo has a special interest in the industrial and migrant life of that suburb especially in the period post-World War II when both these characteristics of the city peaked. Lorenzo’s childhood adventures included exploring the streets around Smith Street, seeing games at Victoria Park and ‘escaping’ whenever he could to see the wonders of the nearby Museum of Victoria, then situated in Swanston Street.
Over the last few years Lorenzo has project managed the relocation of major History and Technology collections to a purpose-built collections store at the museum’s Moreland Annexe. These collections include the images, photographic objects and audiovisual collections. These projects have culminated in the establishment of the museum’s picture making collection store at Moreland, one which embodies the history of pre-cinema, cinematography and photography.
Most recently, Lorenzo has overseen the preservation and digitisation of a priority selection from the Humanities motion film collection.