On Seeing, A Journal

On Seeing, A Journal. #377

The “Growing Up” of Olivia Grace Kim

July 7, 2020


4 years and 27 years


5 days old


I have studied over 200 children from childhood into their 20’s.  I began with some when their mothers were pregnant; others started about the time they could read and write.  For all of them I made annual studio portraits and asked them to write answers to a series of questions, a kind of diary about their lives, their feelings, their hopes, their regrets.

My exploration, a major 30 year odyssey, has been an adventure that has yielded riches beyond my imagining.


4 years old


10 years old


11 years old


15 years old


16 years old


20 years old


21 years old


27 years old


Father (with mom) holds her at 5 days old


With dad at 27 years old


This beautiful person graced the cover of my book, “Newborn” published in 1996.

During her “newborn” photoshoot, she was very unhappy when not touched or held. This informed the cover photograph.

I am interested in everything about human development. I am fascinated by maturation, growth, emotional, educational and physical development.

Permission was signed by the parents of each and every child every year, and by the participants themselves once they turned 18. In addition, we have now sent copies of all of their writings and edited photographs to the participants for whom I have finished all my editing and have received full permission from that group to publish and post. A few chose to use pseudonyms.