A Photographer Documents His Daughter's Journey From Birth to Womanhood

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From her pouting baby years to her pubescent rebellions to her current life as a 30-something, Alison has always had her father’s camera on her. Photographer Jack Radcliffe’s images are strange in their intimacy and striking in their progression. There she is, screaming and bloody, just emerged from her mother’s womb. And then, there she is, half-sneering, with her cat-eyed make-up smeared, a swinging cigarette in her arm, hanging off a boyfriend who looks like trouble.

“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,” Radcliffe explains. See Alison’s growth captured in telling black and white portraits, as seen on Behance.

Photo credit: Jack Radcliffe. Alison, Birth Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md 1975

Photo credit: Jack Radcliffe. Baby Alison 5, Cardiff, Md 1975

Photo credit: Jack Radcliffe. Alison, Ballerina, Bel Air, Md 1982

Photo credit: Jack Radcliffe. Alison, Florida 1983

Photo credit: Jack Radcliffe. Alison, Bethany Beach, De 1987

Photo credit: Jack Radcliffe. Alison, Penn Station, Md 1988

Photo credit: Jack Radcliffe. Alison, Penn Station, Md 1988

Photo credit: Jack Radcliffe. Alison and Kelly on the Deck 2 1991

Photo credit: Jack Radcliffe. Alison and Bean at the Daily Grind 1992

Photo credit: Jack Radcliffe. Alison with Josh in Car 1995

Photo credit: Jack Radcliffe. Alison and Josh in Churchville 1997

Photo credit: Jack Radcliffe. Dinner at Golden West 02-2011