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Anna Lau Familiar Places photographs


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Anna Lau graduated from Haverford College in 1996. She majored in East Asian Languages.

The Anna Lau Familiar Places photographs collection contains 22 prints from a Haverford College photography portfolio created by student Anna Lau in 1995. In the photographer's own words, "Familiar Places" is "a series of photographs about spaces which have become so familiar to us that they are strangers." Among the collected images are photographs of such "familiar places" as the Sunken Lounge and basement of the Dining Center; several different classrooms in the Gest Center, Hilles Building, and Hall Building; a Road Bend in Coursey Road; the path behind the Whitehead Campus Center; and the auditorium in Chase Hall. By focusing the viewer's attention on these everyday spaces, Lau aims to "reacquaint you with the scenes that form your environment, to bring into light that which has been hidden in the darkness of custom." All photographs are of the Haverford College campus, except for one of McCabe Library at Swarthmore College.

The photographs are split between two folders in a single volume, with one folder containing the accompanying table of contents, title page, and artist's statement.

Processed by Phillip Norman; completed November, 2018.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Phillip Norman
Finding Aid Date
November, 2018
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Photographs and portfolio texts.
Box 1

Print, Suggest