4 Sisters Take Their Photo Every Year For 38 Years

In 1975, photographer Nicholas Nixon took a picture of his wife and her 3 sisters, and they came up with an idea to make it an annual tradition. Since then, the Brown sisters took a photo every year.


Michael Auping, Chief Curator at the Modern, comments, “A factual description of The Brown Sisters sounds simple enough: black-and-white photographs of four sisters taken over a period of time. However, when you see these images together as a group, they have a remarkable impact. Over a period of thirty years, Nixon has transformed the idea of the dreaded family photo into something powerfully intimate, even epic. You don’t need a lot of art jargon to explain what these works are about. They are about lives lived, and the two things that most of us obsess about: relationships and time.”