1991: Kelly, porch, Baltimore, Md.
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Photographic memory

A father chronicles his daughter’s life in its most intimate moments.

1991: Kelly, porch, Baltimore, Md.

Click here to read the full story. (Jack Radcliffe)
When my daughter, Alison, was born in 1975, I began to photograph her, just as all new parents do.

1975: Birth, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md. (Jack Radcliffe)
Initially, I kept those pictures private, separate from my commercial work.

1982: Ballerina, Bel Air, Md. (Jack Radcliffe)
But in the process of documenting Alison’s growth, something changed profoundly in the way I went about my work and thought about my subjects.

1987: Bethany Beach, Del. (Jack Radcliffe)
I developed a more passionate interest in human relationships and in capturing the strength of those relationships in intimate moments.

1990: Driving lesson, Columbia, Md. (Jack Radcliffe)
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 her life, which might, under different circumstances, be off-limits to a parent.

1991: Kelly, porch, Baltimore, Md. (Jack Radcliffe)
The camera, early in her life, became part of our relationship, necessitating in me an acceptance of her behavior, a quietness.

1993: Barrett, Baltimore, Md. (Jack Radcliffe)
We’ve never had long photographic sessions, but rather moments alone or with friends.

1995: Umbrellas, Columbia, Md. (Jack Radcliffe)
The significance of these pictures emerges in retrospect.

1999: Coffee, Aberdeen, Md. (Jack Radcliffe)
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.

2000: Allen, Bel Air, Md. (Jack Radcliffe)
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.

Jack Radcliffe is a photographer.

2006: Kitchen, Occoquan, Va.

Click here to read the full story. (Jack Radcliffe)