This photo project that has taken 40 years…and it’s still going!

One year, one photo. For 40 years, four sisters have been photographed for their family album, which soon became known to the whole world.

In 1975, Nick Nixon, professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art, photographed his wife Bebe and her three sisters. The sisters liked the simple but romantic family picture. They promised each other that, even if they end up in different parts of the world, from then on they would meet and have their photo taken every year. And every year for the next 40 years, they did just that.

While working on this series, Nixon worked under two conditions. First, the sisters were always arranged in the same order: Laurie, Heather, Bebe and Mimi – from the youngest to the oldest. Second, he picked only one image a year for printing. Years passed. Fashion, hair, lifestyles changed. But the family ties remained strong.

Thirty-six years later, Nixon introduced the project, titled ‘The Brown Sisters’, to the world. Its 36 pictures went on display in many famous museums around the world, and the Browns have become part of history. But the project is not yet finished. New pictures of the beautiful sisters are taken every year.

In this post, we give you an opportunity to see how these four beautiful women have changed over time.

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