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The Brown Sisters, Harwichport, Massachusetts

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Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, Harwichport, Massachusetts, 1978, gelatin silver print, Museum Purchase: Caroline Ladd Pratt Fund, © unknown, research required, 80.89.1

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Title

The Brown Sisters, Harwichport, Massachusetts

Artist

Nicholas Nixon (American, born 1947)

Date

1978

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 7 5/8 in x 9 5/8 in; sheet: 8 in x 9 7/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: "Nicholas Nixon", graphite, verso bottom right

location information/date: "Harwichport, Mass. 1978", graphite, verso bottom center

title: "Heather Brown, Mimi Brown, Bebe Brown Nixon, Laurie Brown", graphite, verso bottom left

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Caroline Ladd Pratt Fund

Accession Number

80.89.1

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

portraits

youth

Description

Every year since 1975, Nicholas Nixon has created a portrait of his wife, Bebe Brown Nixon (second from right), and her three sisters, Heather, Mimi, and Laurie. The four women stand in the same position for these annual photographs, which are frequently cropped tightly to eliminate unnecessary environmental details. The women’s expressions vary little from year to year, yet the images capture many subtle signs of change and emotion. The series documents the passing of time and the inevitability of aging, and marks the ever-shifting nature of intimate familial relationships.

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