For 18 months following his daughter’s birth in 2010, conceptual artist and self-described pathological contrarian Phillip Toledano (@mrtoledano) created a collection of photos that he called “The Reluctant Father.” The series chronicled what he described as his metamorphosis “from detached observer to eager participant.” What began as cold photos of a screaming newborn gave way to portraits exuding love and tenderness. “It’s very odd to look back and see a time when I had no emotional connection to Loulou, because I love her so much now,” Phillip says today.

Phillip’s photo and video portraits of Loulou (who he describes as a willing, if sometimes begrudging, participant) subtly capture not only the continued evolution of their relationship, but also of her as a human. “She’s very much an artist herself. Ever since she was very small, she’s always been remarkably aware of the world around her.”

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