Miss Noeme Santana

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Personal profile

I am a photographic historian undertaking an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award between the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Science Museum, London. My current research is focused on the business and photographic archive of the British civil engineering and oil company S. Pearson & Son. I have experience of working with a wide range of photographic collections in institutions such as the Royal Engineers Museum and the Royal Commonwealth Society. 

Educational background

2012 / 2013 - MA (Distinction) in Photographic History, De Montfort University 
2009 / 2012 - BA (First Class Honours) in Photography and Video, De Montfort University

Research interests

My current research interests are concerned with corporate identity and memory, photography and civil engineering and photography and oil exploration. 

As a twentieth century multi-industry conglomerate, Pearson was keen to visually document its corporate history but also monitor progress across its many projects. In that sense, photography played an important role in defining Pearson as a well established corporation on the forefront of science and technology.

Research interests (continued)

Photographic albums are narrative objects by nature. My wider research interests include the cross-cultural nature of photography in science and technology, and the social networks of production and consumption of photography in the late nineteenth century, in particular the quite often paradoxical visual and material narratives present in 'amateur' photographic albums.

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