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Online: Live from the image collections / 23 February 2021

Join curators from Museums Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Fiona Kinsey and Collection Manager Lorenzo Iozzi for an intimate snapshot of the collection dating back to the 1800s.

The collection store is home to hundreds of cameras, projectors and photographic accessories, and hundreds of thousands of images. This collections tells significant stories about local photographers, photographic technology, and the film & camera manufacturing and retail industry in Australia, with a focus on Kodak. Images range from humble family portraits and scenes sent to loved ones, to significant studio collections that document industry, agriculture and exploration.

Fiona and Lorenzo will be opening cabinets, drawers, albums and storage boxes in the photography collection store to show you some of their favourite artefacts. You will see beautiful 19th century brass and wood studio cameras as well as fantastic plastic 20th century cameras; magic lantern projectors and lantern slides; and a selection of images on glass, plastic and paper!

This online show will take place using Zoom Webinar. You will receive a link to join the webinar a few days before the event. This is your chance to ask our experts your burning questions face-to-face (well, via Zoom!).

23 February 2021
online 1800-1900 (Melbourne, AUZ) / 0700-0800 GMT)

AUZ $16 [approx, £6.75] (non-members) AUS $12 (members) 

Register here:

Fiona Kinsey / Senior Curator, Images and Image Making, Museums Victoria

Fiona Kinsey is Senior Curator of the Images and Image Making Collection in the Society & Technology Department at Museums Victoria, where she has worked for the last 22 years. She currently collects, researches and interprets material culture relating to the history of the Australian photographic industry and photographic practice. Fiona is passionate about engaging with communities and for the past fifteen years she has worked on the Kodak Heritage Collection. This year Fiona has brought her attention to documenting the ways that Victorians have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in relation to panic buying and the changing relationships between producers, suppliers and consumers.

Lorenzo Iozzi / Senior Collection Manager, Images Society and Technology, Museums Victoria

Lorenzo Iozzi studied Fine Art (Painting) at RMIT University and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Art Conservation from the University of Melbourne. He continues a practical interest in fine art particularly through still life and landscape painting. He joined Museums Victoria in 2005 where his current role is Senior Collection Manager of Images in the Society and Technology Department. This work has fostered an interest in the way images shape our understanding of the world, in particular, through the photographic image. One of the most rewarding and comprehensive team projects has been to preserve and research the Museum’s magic lantern artefacts and lantern slide images.

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