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The Brown Sisters, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

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The Brown Sisters, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Nicholas Nixon
American, born 1947

Date

1980

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Accession #

2016.301

Dimensions

8 × 10 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

In 1975, on a vacation to visit his new wife’s family, Nicholas Nixon casually took a portrait of his wife and her three sisters lined up, staring directly into the camera. Nixon proposed they restage the photograph each year thereafter, resulting in one of the most groundbreaking serial portraits in the history of photography. Each photograph in this astounding grid represents the passage of one year in the sisters’ lives; together, they document both the flow of time and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Credit

Gift of Lucinda W. Bunnen for the Bunnen Collection

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