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Four sisters, 25 years

This is an interesting project followed through fastidiously. A photograph of 4 sisters, one every year for 25 years. The order of the sisters remain the same in every picture. Not only is the perceived passage of time gently revealed but the lack of pretense towards happy smiling families is also absent. This doesn’t mean that as a family there were/are not happy, one has to assume the opposite as being photographed over a protracted period of time requires you to be on good terms with the others in the photograph.

“In 1975, Nicholas Nixon, a professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art, began taking an annual photograph of his wife, Bebe, and her three sisters. The four women always pose in the same order: Heather, Mimi, Bebe, and Laurie. At the outset the youngest, Mimi, was 15. This year the oldest, Bebe, is 59.”

I have chosen 1975, 1985 and 1995 but do go and look at the rest here

One response to “Four sisters, 25 years

  1. Pingback: Brothers and Sisters « Oxford School of Photography

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