Naomi Cooperman
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Naomi Cooperman

Photography Historian, Writer and ResearcherBrighton, United Kingdom
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Naomi Cooperman
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Naomi Cooperman

Photography Historian, Writer and ResearcherBrighton, United Kingdom
About me
I graduated with an MA in the History of Photography and now pen a little blog where I muse about various photography-related topics, although I occasionally tumble into the trap of talking about the art market. I love research, it's what makes me tick, and have frequently worked on extensive research projects since graduating. Currently I'm splitting my time between reading and writing for thefrailestgesture (the title of my expressive and rather impassioned blog), volunteering at The Keep and several freelance administrative and funding-based research projects. My aim when I graduated was to work in photography curation, and that's still my ultimate goal, although it seems a little farther away. In the meantime, I'm more than open to collaborative projects with emerging photographers and will continue to look for positions in gallery sales or administration, and museum positions in research which might lead to curatorial duties down the line.
Work history
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    Administrative assistantCrane Kalman Brighton
    Hove, United KingdomFreelance
    Since beginning this freelance position I have worked on several projects. I recently updated and migrated specific contacts to a new database, and ultimately will implement this across the contact base. Since writing is one of my strongest qualities I have contributed articles on photographers represented by the gallery for magazines. I crafted an approachable and straightforward introductory guide to collecting photography for a collaborative project and subsequently created a beginner's reference on commonly used photographic papers to be published in a photography magazine.
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    VolunteerThe Keep (formerly East Sussex Records Office)
    Brighton, United KingdomFreelance
    Currently I volunteer part-time at The Keep and support vulnerable visitors or those who might be unfamiliar with archival research. This involves consulting parish records, ordering documents through The Keep's online service and using microfilm to view any number of local newspapers that date back to the mid-19th century. I have also worked on projects for the Mass Observation Archive, which is housed at The Keep. Recently, I consulted the Archive to research M-O photographer Humphrey Spender for a small display celebrating the May 12th anniversary. As well as archival research, I have created outreach displays for the project 'Beyond Boxes', which is an ongoing programme to support inmates at Lewes prison through creative activities.
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Skills
  • Foreign Languages
  • Administration
  • Deadline Management
  • Diligent
  • Detail Oriented
  • Boundless Enthusiasm
  • Microsoft Office
  • Academic Writing
  • Analysis and Research
  • Exhibition Organisation
Education
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    MA, History of PhotographySotheby's Institute of Art
     - London, United Kingdom
    The MA programme covered the History of Photography from its nascent years in the mid-1800s to contemporary iterations. Throughout the year I researched independently papers on topics related to the main subject matter of the individual modules: I analysed existing scholarship on Charles Lutwidge Dodgson for the 19th century module; wrote a comparative analysis of Dorothea Lange's 'Migrant Mother' and photographs from Esther Bubley's Greyhound Bus project; presented original analyses of contemporary photographers through applied theory. I structured my dissertation on the Semiotics of Orthodox Jewishness in Photography, assessing the imagery of Jewishness from the late 19th century to contemporary iterations, and applying the concept of stereotypes to male, female and minority groups of Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews.
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    BA (Hons) French and ItalianRoyal Holloway, University of London
     - United Kingdom
    During my undergraduate degree I gravitated towards film and art modules, with a particular focus in the final year on Italian crime films and the dichotomy of victim/perpetrator in French film. During the entirety of the degree, I studied modules in French and Italian language and grammar, and spent seven months studying abroad in Paris and Rome. I graduated with a First class Honours degree in French and Italian.
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Awards
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    Director's CommendationSotheby's Institute of Art
    I received the Director's Commendation award as the top graduate of the MA Photography programme at Sotheby's Institute of Art, London.