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Nicholas Nixon takes a black and white photo of the Brown Sisters every year. You see four women gradually get older. Nicholas Nixon takes a black and white photo of the Brown Sisters every year. You see four women gradually get older. Nicholas Nixon takes a black and white photo of the Brown Sisters every year. You see four women gradually get older.

Nicholas Nixon
The Brown Sisters (Heather, Mimi, Bebe en Laurie), 1975

Can you visualise time and age, dedication and love in 45 photos?

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Nixon was visiting his in-laws when he asked his wife and her three sisters whether he could photograph them together. It was the summer of 1975 and the result was a black and white photo of four young women in shirts and trousers against a summer background of trees.

One year later, he suggested recording them in the same order. Once he had seen the picture, he asked if they would like to do it every year. A tradition emerged, which is how a project started that spanned almost his entire career.

You see four beautiful young women gradually growing older. The result is moving and beautiful. Their clothing and their faces change and you wonder, with the countless shades of emotional grey in the photos, what they have experienced in those 45 years. But you also see how their bond grows stronger over the years, life has brought them closer together and they are not afraid of growing older, but the palette getting darker, photo by photo, predicts that not everyone is here forever.