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]