The long road of childhood, as told by Thomas Klotz and his daughter

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This article was printed in the Then & Now issue of British Journal of Photography magazine, available for purchase through the BJP Shop or delivered direct to you with an 1854 Subscription.

Klotz and his daughter Eve collaborate in this photobook charting the everyday life of childhood 

I am not looking for meaning, or the spectacular. I work with everyday life,” explains Thomas Klotz. In his latest photobook Eve, the Mountain and the Maid, Klotz collaborated with his daughter Eve, as she navigates life between the ages nine and 12. 

Each image captures Eve, or follows her direction and gaze. Through this unspoken conversation, images range from gritty, raw city living to portraits of a childhood moving into a new independence. “I understood that the exchange between the two of us and these places was saying something interesting. I focused on Eve’s gaze and her relationship to the world. I try to translate with my photographic gesture, my vision of her world, of her loneliness, of the anxieties that I transmitted to her in spite of myself,” Klotz explains. 

Eve was made for this book. She never poses, but she stops and looks at me with each photo. It is in these moments we see her accent in life, we see the gaze evolving. Without Eve’s attitude, her moments of silence between her gaze and mine, the book would not exist. It would have no meaning.”

Isaac Huxtable

Isaac Huxtable joined the British Journal of Photography in October 2020, where he is currently the Editorial Assistant. Prior to this, he studied a BA in History of Art at the Courtauld Instititue of Art, London.