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The Brown Sisters, Cambridge, Massachusetts (from the series The Brown Sisters)

The Brown Sisters, Cambridge, Massachusetts (from the series The Brown Sisters)

Artist: Nicholas Nixon (American, born 1947)
Subject Matter: Bebe Brown (American, born 1950)
Subject Matter: Heather Brown (American, born 1952)
Subject Matter: Laurie Brown (American, born 1954)
Subject Matter: Mimi Brown (American, born 1960)
Date: 1986
Medium: gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 7 5/8 × 9 5/8 in. (19.4 × 24.4 cm)
Support: 8 × 9 7/8 in. (20.3 × 25.1 cm)
Mat: 14 × 17 in. (35.6 × 43.2 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of the Roberta Coke DeGolyer Estate, 1995
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 1995.33.27o
Description
Nicholas Nixon married his wife Beverly Brown, known as Bebe, in 1971 and first photographed her with her three sisters at a family gathering in August of 1974. He discarded that portrait but in July of 1975 he tried again and kept the negative, which became the beginning image in his annual series The Brown Sisters. The sisters appear in the same order in each of the pictures, from left to right: Heather, Mimi, Bebe, and Laurie. The sisters jointly select which of Nixon’s exposures will be chosen to represent each year. The portraits are made with black-and-white film in an eight-by-ten-inch view camera on a tripod and the prints were made as contact prints for about the first twenty-five years, after which the artist also began producing the portraits as twenty-by-twenty-four-inch enlargement prints.
Not on view