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

Apr 30, 2013 By Abraham 153

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…

Update…

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.

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153 Comments

      1. Aimee says:

        I disagree. Not always do they look unhappy, but they do more often then not. It seems they are quiet close and share a deep love for each other, however there are pictures that seem to capture a deep hate for the world and a desire to make that known in these photos. If not then at the very least the photographer smelled bad. I don’t need happy faces but I would be very uncomfortable meeting these women in an elevator or a dark alley.

          1. Andy R. says:

            I don’t they think unhappy, they just have totally expressionless faces, and it’s just that we’re so used to seeing people put on a pleasant face for the camera.

          2. Marc says:

            I agree with Andy below. And I will add to it: look at pictures taken a hundred years ago and no one was smiling. Granted they had to stand around for two minutes waiting for the emulsion to expose but none the less, we are now a culture that demands smiling people all the time. I’m happy to see a less than smiling face in a photo.

          3. Steven Keirstead says:

            Marc has a point. Nick Nixon uses large format view cameras similar to 19th century ones. Though his exposure times are much shorter with the faster film emulsions available today, it still takes much longer to set the camera up on a tripod, to focus and to adjust the camera and lens. This takes several minutes because everything is manual with these cameras. So the subjects are waiting patiently and less likely to ham it up for the camera than if he were using an AF point and shoot.

        1. Nono says:

          You are officially reading way too much into their expressionless faces and are probably projecting your own feelings onto these pics.

          1. FlarfBot says:

            Funny, I didn’t think they were expressionless at all – subtle, yes, but profoundly expressive. Though it’s hard to locate what those expressions are. And a lot of love. A beautiful series.

      2. Linda says:

        I think this is so beautiful. All my life I wanted family and sisters. I would have loved to have pix. like these. Its nice to see they still get together and are still here. My only sisters I have are the Triple negative breast Cancer sisters. We’re all from other mothers. This was great to look at. Thank you most kindly for sharing! I’d love to hear comments from the models here.

    1. lynn tan says:

      It’s amazing after looking at all the pictures I can feel that bebe is the wife.. it’s becos her eyes.. when she looked into the lens of her husband’s camera..

    2. Missy says:

      I don’t think they look unhappy at all! There are plent of smiles! Nor do they look scary or unemotional. I think it is obvious they were told to keep it real…..I think it is a beautiful work of art. I have two sisters and we take pictures every time we get together. I love it!

  1. Trish says:

    36 x 4 = 144. 144 faces, and not even one smile? I mean, it’s a really cool series of pictures, and I’m sure they’re all lovely people, but couldn’t someone at some point have looked a little bit happier?

    1. Kevin Morgan says:

      It seems your ability to multiply is better than your counting ability, there were smiles there. Beyond that, there is much more to emotion than fake camera smiles.

      1. maggie says:

        I can’t believe how mean women can be about other women. Shame on you all. This is not about fake smiles and shiny lives. It’s about REAL life. I love the series. It’s beautiful. Stop being so artificial.

        Thank you, Kevin.

        1. Lisa says:

          Agree with Kevin, Mike, D, and maggie. Everyone who says they’re angry is projecting their own feelings, or is beholden to the ridiculous notion that we all have to smile like mindless idiots if there is a camera in front of us. There are definite smiles here and a lot of happiness and love. These women are gorgeous, and the photographer has captured them beautifully. We should all be so fortunate to have this kind of catalog of our years together.

        2. Bobbbi says:

          Yes, Maggie. This is about real life. No one is happy 24/7. I bet they were told to just look natural – and they do. I don’t think they look mean, sad or hating the world. They just are. I learned as a teacher you can’t always judge inner emotion from outer faces.

        3. Ronald Coleman says:

          great observation Maggie. art is always open to interpretation of the viewer, and he often misses the message sent by the artist, but attacking the subject is foolishness.

    2. penny says:

      Agreed. They all look so troubled. Not even when the one sister is pregnant,did anyone half smile. It was awkward looking at them,uncomfortable even.

        1. Rick says:

          Linda what are you a freshman psychology student? Not every breakdown of what someone sees is a reflection of themselves or some kind of transference. You’re just annoying.

          1. Andy R. says:

            They look like they’re in a band. You know how in band photos these days you’re not allowed to have any expression on your face? I think the photographer must have told them not to do anything at all and show no emotion. They don’t look scary to me.

        2. Susan says:

          Yeah, it’s the response to seeing hardly a single smile in the whole exercise. You are projecting your own arrogance onto others. Realize that.

      1. Moureen says:

        Some of them are pregnant. And perhaps the idea was to shoot the same picture – they are in the same order, etc. I was more amazed to see how they changed over only one year. I could probably gather all the annual pictures with my sisters – and see how we changed as well.

    3. lauren says:

      Smiling temporarily changes your facial structure (you’re not allowed to smile for passport pictures). If the point of the project is to show how faces change over time, then a blank slate would be best.

    4. Noisome says:

      Bull. You didn’t look at the pictures at all. There are plenty of years where there were at least two partial grins if not more. Just look at year 1995 for proof. They couldn’t hide their smiles and you just didn’t see them.

    5. Lisa says:

      I’m with you Trish. Why all the unhapiness? In 40 years no one cracked a smile? I don’t know if I’ve ever taken a photo (knowingly) where I wasn’t smiling.

  2. Eric says:

    What’s the big deal about smiling for a photograph? If someone doesn’t want to put on a big dumb grin if they don’t feel like it then that’s their prerogative. People seem to act like they’re personally insulted by having to see a photo of someone else without a smile. Is their own happiness so jury-rigged and fragile that they can’t bear to be reminded that other people may have imperfections in their lives? Lest it remind them of the imperfections in their own, perhaps?

    But there’s also the fact that people can be happy without making a show of it for the benefit of others. Everyone expresses themselves differently. As I was looking through the photos I saw plenty of happy faces. They were more subdued than flashy shows of teeth, but I think just as genuine or more so.

    1. Dorothy says:

      I saw so many smiles…I don’t know why nobody thinks they were smiling? This series is really beautiful, loved looking at it.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I saw all ranges of emotions in their eyes and body language, from elation to sadness. And I love that those emotions weren’t tarnished by affectations of supposedly real behavior. The result was a real history of sisters being real, being human.

    And the love they obviously have for each other makes me somewhat wish I weren’t an only child.

    1. Kevin Morgan says:

      Exactly, Jennifer — your comment is spot on and excellent. Their eyes, facial expressions, body language all told much more than the attempted enforcing of manic grins we ask. Not to mention that there are smiles in quite a few of the pictures anyways, I guess there is no appeasement for Internet critics.

    2. JEFF says:

      I love this! I wish I could have done this with my four brothers. It takes age to appreciate change. Every teenager in the world should see this so they can be aware of the aging process.

    3. Forrest says:

      Jennifer — your comment is perfect. If some of the people saying that these sisters are full of hatred, troubled, and so on would do a little research, they would find that when Mr. Nixon posited the idea before he took the first shot, they whole crew laughed about it. I think that subtle changes in body language and expressions over the years is fascinating — they show the instinctual yin/yang of sisterly competition and love. Frankly, I would love to get to know any or all of these ladies. I also agree with Eric’s comment — saying “cheese” for the camera tells me a lot less than these honestly-staged photos.

    4. Renee says:

      As an only child I agree with you Jennifer. You can see that they are living through the stories of their lives….with each other as witness and participant both. This is something we can never know as solo travels in our life story.

    5. Henry Wallace says:

      this hits it right on. I looked and search their body lanquage and eyes. That is where the story is….

  4. mandu says:

    I has frighted of them!
    Spookly are the sisters on me!
    Looking 2004 they are not sister, just actor:
    FROM LEFT:
    1) Ed Harris
    2) Christian Bale
    3) Iggy Pop
    4) Johnny Cash

        1. Susan says:

          You assume incorrectly. I also was creeped out by the overall unhappiness that pervaded these photos.

  5. Yeats says:

    How many loved your moments of glad grace,
    And loved your beauty with love false or true,
    But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
    And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

  6. Clara says:

    I would like to commend all of them for avoiding goofy hairstyles throughout the entire decade of the ’80s.

    Seriously, these are lovely photos, and it’s a beautiful project.

  7. Mike says:

    To me they looked like four sisters who love each other and were stoicly facing the camera and the uncertainty of the future. The pics only went to 2010 and I hope they are all still around. I am the older brother of 4 sisters and we have similar photos of the five of us (although not every year). We are the same age as these sisters. This was very cool.

  8. Marie says:

    I love this, it is a great document, and without the veneer of camera smiles, there is a lot of subtle subtext about changing relationships to themselves and each other going on here. Real people in a real world, without any of that faked up rubbish that is forced down our throats by a media that thinks only people that look a certain way should be portrayed.

    1. Kevin MacNutt says:

      No, these are not manipulate with Photoshop, especially since when I originally saw the first series of these photos Photoshop did not even exist (early 90′s). Amazingly none of these pictures look particularly dated, except maybe the one with the cell phone. Given these sisters never succumbed to many of the horrific hairstyles from the 70′s or 80′s, most of these photos look very contemporary. The one from 1975 looks like it could have been taken yesterday. I guess that is what makes them excellent subjects for these photos since you are not concentrating on how the styles over the years have changed, but how the sisters themselves have changed with time.

  9. Kat says:

    Very nice. Shame for some really nasty comments here. How can anyone judge them from pictures??? I do not see ‘troubled, angry or unfriendly’ faces. I see 4 women POSING for a picture every year without pulling fake, hollywood style smiles!

  10. foxtrotuk says:

    Interesting. The second from the left has aged the least, probably because she’s the leanest.

    1. Sissi says:

      Or the youngest or the one without any kind of illness or just best lit etc. – they have all aged beautifully, and I have a hard time deciding who’s the most good-looking of the lot.

  11. Tim M. says:

    A smile is in the eyes. If you can’t see the many smiles present in these images then you have emotional issues, IMO. Don’t project your flaws and misperceptions onto these incredibly real and emotional images. There’s so much more here than what you think you perceive on the surface.

    1. Susan says:

      Oh, I see. People who don’t see smiles that aren’t there are projecting their “emotional issues” onto the faces, but people who *read smiles into* the faces when they aren’t there are perfectly fine?

  12. jj says:

    Maybe they’re Norwegian farmers, from Minnesota???
    I really liked the photos. Not all families are grinners!
    And it all reminded me of the Roche Sisters (singers). ♫ ‘We are Maggie and Terre and Suzi – and some other lady…’

    1. Kevin MacNutt says:

      Wow, I thought I was the only one who thought of the Roches when looking at these pics. Kate and Anna McGarrigle also come to mind.

  13. Emily says:

    In the 60′s 70′s a lot of people didn’t smile in pictures.. they may have had a theme. and just because you aren’t smiling doesn’t mean you are not happy. and not everyone smiles the same, they could be very content.. i don’t believe you can judge this picture without knowing what is in their hearts. what you take away from these pictures tells you a lot about yourself.

  14. holly says:

    i think they were aware of their expressions in their prior photos and wanted to duplicate those as to have a true comparison.

  15. Barbara says:

    A beautiful record of these women and their journey together. I love following each of them separately. Such support and love. They reflect a full range of emotions. I wonder about each of their stories, who is the artist, the teacher, the writer. They all seem to be very creative and to possess great energy and conviction.

    1. Celine says:

      Yes, I wondered about all the intimate and personal details; from what struggles and celebrations happened that year, the known and unknown ways they negotiate space within themselves and each other for each picture and each year. The mystery is so awe-inspiring and brought me to tears a few times because I felt the images were so beautiful both individually and as a whole series- much like each woman is on her own and as sisters!

  16. Archimedes says:

    Very handsome women, with possibly Native American / Scottish ancestry.

    The habit of smiling is not uniform across the US; people tend to smile more in the South and maybe in California; in the present instance, I suspect they just agreed not to smile. I have to admire their persistence with this project. I had planned to photograph my own backyard two years ago, and didn’t keep up with it. And I didn’t even have to get it to smile!

    1. holly says:

      Years ago I wanted to simply bury a memory box with my two best friends but never did and it was such a simple thing to do. We were to un bury it 20 years later that was 30years ago. But what I wanted to say to you is don’t give up, you will be so happy years to come

      1. Scott R says:

        “Years ago I wanted to simply bury a memory box with my two best friends…”

        What happened? Did your two friends put up a fight when you tried to bury them?

  17. Corinne Fudge says:

    I have seen the first of these images published online before, and loved it. I had not realised that it was the first in a series of remarkable and beautiful images… Beautiful work..

  18. Becky says:

    I think the whole point was to have the same look on their faces as they had on their faces in the first picture. It was a little creepy but I do understand the point. I wish I’d thought of doing this with my siblings.

  19. bridgecross says:

    What an odd discussion about facial expressions! What I see are four calm, wise, self-aware women. They just give the camera small knowing half-smiles. So what, is this spring break or something? Most of us don’t go around leering like Disney characters.

    1. skyecat says:

      i agree with bridgecross.

      i don’t see unahappiness, or any mood actually. i see the love they have for one another.

      keep it simple. it’s a picture of four sisters who love each other lots. nothing more, northing less.

  20. Kelly says:

    What a beautiful series. I agree with you “bridgecross” I see real wisdom in these wisdom. I prefer real emotion to fake cheesy “posed” expressions in my photographs. Again… a great series. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Terri says:

    For those commenting on the lack of smiles… they were purposely making the same unsmiling faces in each picture to mimic the first one.

  22. Mon!quasars says:

    The only reason any of you th!nX they are unhappy !s because they are Women! ! personally enjoy the photographs and apprec!ate the express!on on the!r faces.

      1. Nomad says:

        Oh come on, if these were four brothers, we’d just think they were cool and tough lookin’. Grow up & process gendered realities. There’s nothing “ridiculous” in the notion that women are expected to smile more then men. they’re even get told so by male strangers (in the street/bars/etc).

  23. suzette says:

    I like this very much. I especially like that they did not smile. What a wonderful tradition to have kept between the sisters. I can see the love.

  24. Jeff says:

    I think they did it so they would match in every photo. Some of you people are ridiculous. Just because someone puts on a serious face for a photo doesn’t mean they are unhappy.

  25. Jennifer Burchfield says:

    I imagine that there would be complaints had these sisters smiled in all the photos, too.

  26. davide says:

    to the dear 4 sisters,
    i think the idea is beautiful and heart warming.
    i love the pictures and i love to see the love in your family.
    take care and all the best,
    Davide:>

  27. Jack says:

    I love this idea and wish that my own brothers and sisters had done something like this while we were all still here. This women are absolutely beautiful from the very first picture on through to the last. As I looked at each picture from year to year I saw the subtle changes taking place but it was only until I had finished and went and looked at the very first year and then to the very last year did I really see the aging process. I’d love to sit and chat with these amazing women and get their take on this whole life time experience.

    Jack

  28. bluemlein says:

    Something weighs rather heavily on them. I read the comments and looked again, and stand by my sense that some deep or ancient connection is problematic.

  29. Bob Stahl says:

    I turned 20 in 1975. These gals look absolutely genuine to me, and not just because I have a thing for freckles.

    I’ve also posed for a large-format photographer on the left coast, and by the time everything’s set up, these are the kind of shots you get. Beautiful stuff.

  30. Diane says:

    I think that everyone has missed the fact that these photos were taken by a professional photographer. He is a contemporary artist whose work often has a harsh quality. These are not family snapshots.

  31. Ken says:

    The responses to these pics are interesting. It’s as if these young women are “supposed” to be smiling, i.e. demonstrating their happiness so that *others* feel okay, and if they don’t do that, they must be angry, sad, mean, grim, etc. But it’s not their job to make others feel good; they command respect *without* doing that particular job. They command respect simply for having the lives and experiences these photos imply. I’d describe them as striking and somewhat formidable — as in “formidably real.”

    1. Don says:

      We just think that THEY aren’t happy! I would have hated to marry into that bunch. Jus sayin….

  32. Lish says:

    I find it fascinating that I want to know which is the photographer’s wife (my guess is Bebe (2nd from right)) and the stories behind the body language that differed so much year to year. This series truly provoked thought and inquiry on the surface and below. Thank you for sharing this piece of your heart and history.

    1. Lmm says:

      You are correct. Bebe Nixon, 2nd from right is the photgraphers wife. She’s an award winning documentary producer for PBS, among others. Curious what made you think it was her?

      1. Mike says:

        I immediately thought the 2nd from the right was the photographer’s wife because in the first photo she appeared to be only one old enough to have married. (And I presumed that this family was not of the sort where their women get married at 15.)

  33. Stephanie says:

    It looked like in all that time, there wasn’t a pregnancy among them. Kind of unusual.

    1. Alice says:

      Look again, Stephanie. In 1983 the lady on the far right appears to be wearing a maternity dress, and the sister in white in the back might be, too. In 1988 the one on the far right again looks like she might be expecting. In 1992 the second from the left is definitely expecting; her sister even has a hand on her belly & is looking down at it.

  34. Pamela says:

    Just wondering why they stopped taking pictures in 2011? Did one pass away and if so did the remaining sisters not want to continue. I found the pictures completely intriguing, smiles or no smiles no big deal. I loved how you can see the evolution of fashion as well as their personal evolution. Beautiful work :)

  35. Margo Bates says:

    My concern is where are they ALL now? Three years … maybe four, have passed. Now I’m hooked! What an amazing way to capture the photos. We might never know what’s happened, unless they write a small note under each photo… worth a book, for sure.

    How were they feeling? What transpired over year by year, individually and as a family?

    What is happening to the sister on the right? the last photo she has her head on her next sister.

  36. Mik says:

    This is such a beautiful and hard to accomplish series. I see smiles aplenty in these shots. You can smile with your eyes much more honestly than with your mouth. Don’t you just feel grateful for the commitment of the photographer and the 4 sisters? Just beautiful!

  37. Rosalee Smythe says:

    You all GET that you’re projecting your own feelings about yourself and the world onto these women, Right? Pregnancy? Really? Hate the world? All I see is loving, strong, confident women. Get over thinking Women walk around smiling like idiots all day…do YOU?

  38. David says:

    I think it’s pretty awesome! People finds happiness and beauty when you look for it on others, however people find sadness and pain as well. It’s a thread with two ends. Lets hold on to to the beauty end. Thanks for sharing, I’ll remember these pictures.

  39. Ziggy says:

    For me, time slipping away is the only sad thing I feel when I see these photos, otherwise they’re an absolutely beautiful series!

  40. a says:

    I really think the pictures go beyond a simple portrait with smiles. Everyone is going to feel differently about them but for me the sentiment and the moment captured in each image is what’s most beautiful about photos, especially ones such as these.

  41. Louise Rowlands says:

    Thank you for posting these photos. A wonderful journey for you all.
    I loved the photos and i loved the intimacy. There is a story running through them but I don’t know what it is.

    Truly beautiful
    Louise

  42. Joy says:

    I saw the first picture. I thought it was badass. I saw the next pictures, thought it was curious how they dressed, their poses. I immediately realized the poses were staged by the photographer. This is an art project.

    In terms of smiles or no smiles, please… do we make so much fuzz over men who don’t smile? We even find them sexy. These are not Norman Rockwell portraits.

    Aging- it’s inevitable. It’s Spring now, and I work outside all day, started noticing a tan. While it’s pretty, I wear sun block when I remember, thinking of how I’ll look when I’m older. I don’t want any anti-aging creams, or cosmetic surgery. Grey hair and wrinkles, they tell a tale. But, sun damage is irreversible.

    So are other health factors, so many factors, and I have no interest in finding out who aged how because it’s irrelevant to my interpretation of the artist’s project.

    Women, we are so mean to each other. Especially in public forums. It’s out of control! We should stand up for each other, we have enough on our plate with misogyny to add on top of that haters, to us!

    This reminds me of the series “Sisters” from NBC, in the 90′s. I’ve tried to get that collection but it’s nowhere to be found.

    Great work, and thanks to these sisters for sharing their shell with us. And thanks to the artist.

    Don’t hate, haters! Write it on your bathroom’s mirror until you can erase it, don’t put your pain on someone who can’t fight back, because this is no man’s land, the internet.

  43. joyce says:

    They are on display at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth – My 3 sisters and I did this every year when we were younger – now we don’t see each other every year – but really good pictures and they aren’t unhappy they are SISTERS living and experiencing life

  44. David says:

    A few clicks and you can find out why they aren’t smiling. The professional photographer was using a Large Format Camera (look at the link provided at the top of the entry) – remember in your history books how people never smiled for pictures? The exposure time is about 30 seconds, vs a split second for a 35mm. They didn’t smile for the same reason the subjects of photographers back in the 1800′s didn’t smile – you can’t hold it and it would be blurry if you tried (or it would look REALLY cheesy).

    1. Steven Keirstead says:

      Actually with modern film the exposures are probably much shorter 1/30s to 1/10s, depending on the light and lens aperture used. However, it still takes several minutes to set up the camera on a tripod and focus the camera so the subjects don’t get caught in the same sort of posing that goes on with small roll film or digital cameras.

  45. Bernice says:

    Excellent project…it wasn’t about the women at all. It is an expression of a photographer….a work. The women were his muse. Whatever you take away from it is about yourself not the women in the picture.

    Every year in October for 20 years, I would take my sons to the kmart or walmart for a family portrait….of course we were always in the photo..but it was always through the eyes of the photographer that we were held in history that day.

  46. Mike says:

    I hope they and their lives were/are happier than they appear. They appear so grim and dreary in each of the photos. Sad.

  47. Maria says:

    how interesting that so many people find these pictures “angry” or sad, or even say that they would be afraid of the women. i find the pictures beautiful. and also, which is something altogether different, the women are incredibly hot and just hope that one them is gay, as i have a crush on at least two of them.

  48. Al Chin says:

    The key to this study is their body language. Life has a way of pulling us apart or bringing us together. Their choice is obvious. Beautiful.

  49. Trina says:

    I counted at least 18 pictures with one or more sister smiling, so those who are b*tching about that, booya! haha.
    Seriously, though, I suspect the photographer and subjects felt the stoic presentation would be more artistic and indicative of the passing of time and relationship changes – you can see how some sisters had more of a bond in different years, and then the bond would shift.
    I love this idea. Its a gorgeous series.

  50. Sheryle says:

    Simply magnificent. I would not want to visit a museum with some of the folks who post here. The work brought out the soulfulness of the individuals and the wavering strength of the group. What a gift – and the difficult task of watching youth fade is balanced by the witness to strength in the eyes of the subjects. Well done!

  51. Paula says:

    The opportunity to watch a group of intimately related people age together over 40 years and all we can talk about is whether or not they smiled? As David says above, the composition had everything to do with the technical process. As for the photographer’s feelings, he had this to say to the Museum of Modern Art in New York: “Being an only child, it was really gratifying and lovely to be embraced by this family. There’s still a ground water of affection, and support. I look back at these thirty-some pictures and it’s like they’re of my sisters. I can feel myself getting old with them. And I’m part of them; they’re part of my love.” http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A4315&page_number=4&template_id=1&sort_order=1

  52. Cheryl says:

    I could care less if they smiled or not. The body language they display of heads turned to each other, standing close, arms thrown about another, or a simple touch of the neck, subconsciously denotes a certain comfort and strong sense of family. A formidable quartet, to be sure!

  53. Ashley says:

    Why is everyone arguing about if they should be smiling or not? Just chill, is it seriously worth your time to sit there and belittle one another just because of some randoms pictures of random women you dont’t even know!

  54. Ben C says:

    This is a great series. People who see it as depressing and dismal are probably depressed and miserable themselves. In my opinion, 1982 was the only years where I thought they looked like they may have just had an argument, or were just not in the mood that day, which is perfectly fine. It happens, its reality.

  55. Maurice S says:

    People who know nothing about photography ALWAYS make their subjects smile. People who understand photography know that you can get a much better photo if there are no smiles. Just a neutral face. Some of the best photos we have of our children (who are now adults ranging from 27 – 34) were taken when they were younger and we had to insist that they not smile. Just sit and look at the camera. The photos are beautiful. The neutral faces are perfect.

  56. Joyce Hawkinson says:

    The love and unity shown in these pictures is beautiful. So many families fracture over time, and the body language shows that these ladies care about each other. Their natural aging is lovely too. Brought me to tears.

  57. Roxanne says:

    I can see so much emotion in these pictures. I truly feel sorry for all those who didn’t see it and complained about the lack of smile. You are missing a lot…

  58. Elizabeth says:

    I love this – makes me so happy for them to have this photo-journal. I like their lack of big smiles, make you focus on the looks in their eyes. I have two daughters and will trace back to see if I have them from the year the youngest is born and try to keep it up through the years. Thank you – fabulous!

  59. ai says:

    You gave in, you went for the money. This wonderful portrait of humanity and you decided that it was worth more to your wallet than to the collective human condition. You sent a message, you crossed the barrier, and then the siren song of cash pulled you back to reality. And now the pics, and the truth of living they allowed us to connect with is gone, “removed by request of the photographer’s representative.” Way to go. True Amurican.

    1. Karen B. says:

      Agree with ai. Was going to track the pics down and have a look but then decided, “F- it” .

  60. Jeremy says:

    I just saw this last week at The Modern in Fort Worth. It was one piece that really stood out to me. Go check it out; it has a greater impact in person.

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