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The images in this portfolio were produced over the course of five years while traveling through Europe during the 1980’s on assignment. What is striking is that in all of the portraits, regardless of the subjects' various cultures or economic statuses; the children pictured appear so adult. Somoroff felt this to be a perfect artistic “proof” of Swiss psychologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Alice Miller’s book The Drama of the Gifted Child, whom he reached out to collaborate with. The project that resulted is the book Kinder in Europa, Nicolai Verlag, 1987. The book subsequently won the prestigious Kodak Book prize for the best photographic book of that same year. His collaborators were Claudio Abbado, Jean Charles Blais, Doris Dorrie, Justus Frantz, Derek Jarman, Joachim Koch, Milan Kundera, Karl Lagerfield, Yehudi Menuhin, Alice Miller, Penck, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Maria Schell, Hanna Schygulla, Garcia Sevilla, Graham Swift, Tomi Ungerer, and Hermann Van Veen.