Baltimore Photographer Shows a Daughter’s Difficult Coming of Age

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Baltimore-based photographer Jack Radcliffe started taking pictures of his daughter Alison shortly after her birth at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1975. That’s nothing unusual; what is remarkable is that Radcliffe never stopped aiming his lens at his daughter, capturing her in black lipstick and dramatic eyeliner at age 15, smoking with her long-haired boyfriend at 16, looking sad with a shaved head at 20, eating at the Golden West at age 36. It’s remarkable to view the metamorphosis of a face — and of a person — over time.

“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,” Radcliffe writes. Some of our favorite images are below.

Photo by Jack Radcliffe

 

Photo by Jack Radcliffe
Photo by Jack Radcliffe
Photo by Jack Radcliffe
Photo by Jack Radcliffe
Photo by Jack Radcliffe
Photo by Jack Radcliffe

 

See the rest of Radcliffe’s photographs here.



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