Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes is a visual anthropologist based at the University of Cambridge as an affiliated lecturer and research associate at the Centre of South Asian Studies and a research fellow at Clare Hall College. She is currently working on her research project, “Visual priming and Ceylonese identities since the late nineteenth century.”
Motrescu-Mayes visited the Ransom Center to explore South Asian photographs in the collections and to study the differences in photographic practices from this period. Following her initial work with the Center’s South Asian photographs, she is now researching the link between the Texans who collected photographic albums about India and the South Asia diaspora in Texas and its effects.
Motrescu-Mayes was awarded the Marlene Nathan Meyerson Photography Fellowship as part of the Ransom Center’s research fellowship program.