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  • Alison Redux
    By Jack Radcliffe
  • When my daughter Alison was born, in the tradition of a new parent, I began to photograph her, initially in a separate and private body of work.  However, in the process of documenting Alison's growth, I developed apassionate interest in human relationships and capturing intimate moments in the lives of family and friends.

    This affected my photography in a profound way. Rather than theisolated subjects of my earlier work, I became interested in thestrength of relationships, oftentimes using personal environments toamplify those conditions.

    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 asI 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 inall 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.
  • Alison in Delray Beach, Florida 1982

  • Alison in Playground in Delray Beach 1982
  • Alison at the Pool in Bethany Beach, Del 1984
  • Alison Braiding Barbie's Hair 1984
  • Alison with Backdrop 1984
  • Alison Playing the Violin 1984
  • Alison with her Bicycle 1984
  • Alison at the Pool 1986
  • Alison on the Deck 1986
  • Alison with Soccer Ball 1986
  • Alison with her Mother, Susan 1986
  • Alison at Piano 1986
  • Alison and Julie in Arizona 1987
  • Alison and Julia at the Pool 1987
  • Alison's First Solo Flight BWI Airport 1988
  • Alison Somewhere in Virginia 1988
  • Alison in Quebec 1989
  • Alison and Medallion 1989
  • Alison and April 1991
  • Alison and Brian 1992
  • Alison with Brian 2  1992
  • Alison on the Phone 1992
  • Alison on the way to Arizona 1992
  • Alison at the Rotisourie 1993
  • Alison in Dublin, Ireland 1994
  • Alison and Nadia in the Kitchen 1994
  • Alison with Hazen and Beverly 1995
  • Alison and Rachel 1997
  • Alison and Rachel 1997
  • Alison and Wedding Dress 2001
  • Alison and Rachel 2010