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The Brown Sisters: photographed every year for 40 years

They are called Heather, Mimi, Bebe and Laurie. They are sisters and American. From 1975 to 2014, American photographer Nicholas Nixon photographed them always in the same order, straight in the eye of the lens. The so-called project Brown Sisters has been edited by MoMa and exhibited at New York’s Fraenkel Gallery. The project ended up in 2014 with the fortieth picture which completes the series.

The use of black and white does not disturb the spectator who is invited into the life of these adolescents, then these young women, then those women… The spectator may look for similitudes, evolutions, emotions. He or she may feel closer to Heather, or Mimi, or Bebe or Laurie. Trying to imagine their lives, joys, and sorrows. The simple yet extremely strong project shows the spectacle of time passing and is full of emotion.

Find out the complete series on New York Times’ website.
[Photo credit for all images below: Nicholas Nixon]

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First photo - 1975
First photo – 1975
1976
1976
1977
1977
1978
1978
1981
1981
1988
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2014
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