Photographer Captures His Daughter’s Journey from Birth to Womanhood

Ever since she entered the world 30 some-odd years ago, Alison has had her father Jack Radcliffe‘s camera pointed at her. Radcliffe, a Baltimore, MD-based photographer, started out by documenting her life casually as new parents commonly do, but slowly became more interested in the relationships involved in growing up. He writes,

My photographs of Alison, because of the nature of our relationship, are very much a father-daughter collaboration-Alison permitting me access to private moments of our life, which might, under different circumstances, be off-limits to a parent. The camera, early in her life, became part of our relationship, necessitating in me an acceptance, a quietness. We’ve never had long photographic sessions, but rather moments alone or with friends.

The significance of these pictures emerges in retrospect. I realize as I look at them, that I created a visual life story of Alison, capturing moments in her metamorphosis from infant to woman-her relationships with friends, her rebellion, and underlying it all, her relationship with me, a constant throughout her life. I wanted to photograph her in all her extremes, and to be part of these times in her life without judging or censoring. Only in this way would I have a true portrait of Alison.

The entire collection of photographs in the project allows you to look at decades of an individual’s life with one quick glance, and reminds us all of how quickly the years pass by.

Alison by Jack Radcliffe (via Flavorwire)

Image credits: Photographs by Jack Radcliffe

  • Guest

    That last photo is depressing as hell.

  • Michael Buchanan

    I wouldn’t smile either if my dad and his camera were in my face for 30 years.

  • V C Willow

    What a great project, it’d be great as a slide show. Thanks for sharing

  • mew

     They all are. That’s one dour kid. I clicked through about 20 pics on the site and she looked depressed in all of them. Interesting too that despite the continuous presence of her father, she started smoking at age 12 (at least).

  • Guest

    Can someone please tell me why a parent photographing their child is noteworthy?


    im guessing she didn’t turn out to well?

  • Sdad

    I certainly wouldn’t share photos like those with the whole world.

  • 9inchnail

     That’s what I thought. Doesn’t every parent with a camera take photos of their kids regularly? Oh wait, these are black and white, so it’s art.

  • 9inchnail

    When, after looking through 30 years of photos of your kid NEVER smiling or laughing, do you start questioning your parenting skills?

  • Jason

    Isn’t this simply what a lot of parents do…document their children’s lives through photography? I fail to see why this story comes to press considering the fact this probably has happened countless millions of times already.

  • Rob LaRosa

    How is this series different? Isn’t it obvious? Look through your parent’s photos of you. I’ll bet it’s all photos of you at birthday parties, graduations,  Christmas, etc. Always, smiling. Always looking happy as if you never had a bad day in your life. The difference is that these photos are not censored unconsciously. The typical parent would never think to take an unflattering picture of their child or to take a photo when things aren’t going well… the dark times. This photographer took photos that documented all aspects of his daughters life, not just the happy, feel good moments. That’s the difference.

    Although, I will admit that he seemed to dwell on the darker side a bit more than the lighter side or at least that’s what he chose to show.

  • Brent Schmidt

    This is depressing, and unnerving, to say the least… something isn’t right in that family, there’s deep undertones in all those photographs, and even his write up. Very creepy.

  • RJohnstonAZ

    Typical Internet comments, Look at five, out of 30 years, and make judgements about the Father and Daughter. No one even knows IF he chose that five, or the author of the story did. Its much more a statement about the author, than the father and child.