Portraits of 4 sisters every year for 36 years, 1975 – 2010 [36 pictures]

By Abraham Piper

In 1975, photographer Nicholas Nixon took a picture of his wife and her 3 sisters, who at the time ranged in age from 15 to 25. Then he did it again the next year and suggested that they make it an annual tradition. The women agreed and they have all consistently been a part of the remarkable project now for going on 40 years.

In each photo, the Brown Sisters pose in the same order — Heather, Mimi, Bebe, and Laurie…


These photos have been removed by request of the photographer’s representative.

You can learn more about Nicholas Nixon’s series at the Fraenkel Gallery. And many of the photos are available in the archives of New York’s Museum of Modern art.

The series has also been published in two different books — one after 25 years and another after 33.