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Nicholas NIXON

United States of America born 1947

Heather Brown McCann, Mimi Brown, Bebe Brown Nixon and Laurie Brown, New Canaan, Connecticut 1975 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph Impression: from an edition of 60

Primary Insc: signed reverse l.r., pencil "Nicholas Nixon" dated reverse l.r., pencil "...1975" titled reverse l.l. pencil "Heather Brown McCann, Mimi Brown, Bebe Brown Nixon and Laurie Brown, New Canaan, Conn..."
Dimensions: 19.6 h x 24.6 w cm 20.4 h x 25.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1990
Accession No: NGA 90.161

In 1975, Nixon took a photograph of his wife Bebe standing with her three young sisters. The following year, he photographed the sisters standing in the same order; the group then agreed to an annual portrait, the selection of which would be decided upon by all five participants. Nixon has worked with the sisters every year to produce one of photography’s most significant durational projects. In each of the portraits, the sisters fill the frame of Nixon’s large, 8x10-inch view camera, providing an almost unprecedented account of the cumulative effects of time.


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