United States of America born 1947
Heather Brown Sawasky, Mimi Brown Simpson, Bebe Brown Nixon, Laurie Brown Trancha, Chatham, Massachusetts
Materials & Technique:
photographs, gelatin silver photograph Impression: 20/50
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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