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25 years of the Brown sisters, Nicholas Nixon

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 05, 2004

25 years of the Brown sisters, Nicholas Nixon. Four sisters photographed once a year for 25 years.

Reader comments

pthreeAug 05, 2004 at 6:40PM

that’s really interesting, but i want to know more about these people. which one is bebe? did the one have sister have cancer? what happened during the year(s) that make the two hug periodically? etc.

DeanAug 05, 2004 at 9:30PM

The press release tells me that Bebe is second from the right. This is a wonderful series of photos.

MattAug 06, 2004 at 1:15AM

I’d like to see this in a slideshow format, to move through the photos with some continuity.

That being said, it is a great set of photos. All of the women are quite intense-looking, very beautiful in kind of an industrial way. The camera captures that look quite well.

the bellmanAug 06, 2004 at 3:12AM

i hope nick didn’t stop taking them after the expo in ‘99 because in 2024 a ‘50 years of the four sisiters’ would be awesome.

barnesAug 06, 2004 at 11:08AM

The thing I find really interesting is that the sort of cautious - self-assured - serious expressions they have thoughout the photos remains constant. I would think that if you simply saw a photo of them at one particular time, you would assume that their expressions were an accident of good photography, as if their one-time severity were merely a pose. Instead, when you put the passage of time into the context of individuals, you see something of the real person.

JoshAug 06, 2004 at 11:09AM

This is second only in my mind to this photoset of an Argentinean family which takes their own portrait every year on June 17th.

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.