Each 7 5/8 x 9 5/8 in. (19.4 x 24.4 cm)
From the Catalogue:
“These pictures grew out of my curiosity about and admiration for this band of beautiful, strong women, who first let me into their lives, then allowed me to try making one picture, then joined me in a tradition, an annual rite of passage.”
In 1975, Nicholas Nixon said “just give me what you’ve got” and turned his lens on his wife Bebe and her three sisters, Mimi, Laurie, and Heather—the four Brown Sisters. First taken during a weekend visit to Bebe’s parent’s home in Connecticut, the annual series continues today, collectively showing an intimate family portrait, the bonds of sisterhood, and a visual marker for the passage of time. The Selected Images on offer represent the first 5 portraits from this ongoing body of work. Complete sets of the portraits are in the collections of The National Gallery of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; George Eastman House, Rochester; MAPFRE, Madrid; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others.
—Courtesy of Phillips
Signature: Each signed, titled and dated in pencil on the verso.
The Museum of Modern Art, Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, n.p.
The Museum of Modern Art, Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters: Forty Years, n.p.
The Museum of Modern Art, Nicholas Nixon: Pictures of People, pp. 93-97
Lange, Degrees of Stillness: Photographs from the Manfred Heiting Collection, pp. 89-91
Windsor, The Family, n.p.
Cronin Gallery, Houston
About Nicholas Nixon
Nicholas Nixon takes intimate, black-and-white photographs of children, the elderly and infirm, and his own family (as well as cityscapes). Best known for his series “The Brown Sisters”, Nixon began taking portraits of his wife, Bebe, and her three sisters in 1975, and has continued to photograph them annually since. Influenced by the photography of Walker Evans, Edward Weston, and Alfred Stieglitz, among others, Nixon works with a large-format camera; “For me the print is what matters most. Generally the biggest possible negative has the most clarity, presence, and believability,” he has said. Nixon’s images, which include close-up self-portraits of the artist’s bearded face, manifest the humanistic potential of photography, offering moments of tenderness between individuals, and meticulously capturing the minute details of his subjects.
American, b. 1947, Detroit, Michigan