(Text continues below the photo) It is 1975 when the American Nicholas Nixon and his wife Bebe and her three sisters spend a family weekend in New Canaan, north of New York City, the man decides to take a nice picture of the sisters, in which the women look into the camera with a serious look on their faces.
The following year, the sisters are in the village of Hartford during the family weekend. Again, Nicholas takes a photo of the four, for which they are positioned in the exact same order. A tradition is born...
(Text continues below the photo) From that moment on, the ladies decide to repeat this ritual every year. Every year they will be photographed together. For almost 40 years they have managed to maintain this, in which we see how the sisters grow older. The result is a beautiful photo reportage ...
(Text continues below the photo) In each photo, the women stare at the audience, showing how life is visibly changing their faces and their gaze. Scars that life has gradually left on them. This one has been taken only 3 years after the first photo and a nice metamorphosis can already be seen...
(Text continues below the photo) After the annual photo tradition was 'born', the sisters promised each other that they would repeat this every year. At least once a year they would ensure that all four of them would come together to have a photo taken with each other.
(Text continues below the photo) There was only one rule for the photo. The sisters (Heather, Mimi, Bebe, and Laurie) would be positioned in the same order every year: from the youngest to the oldest. In the first photo in 1975, the sisters were 15, 21, 23 and 25 years old.
(Text continues below the photo) Only after taking the last photo (about 40 years later) did Nicholas realize that his annual project probably deserved more publicity. And so he decided to offer his project - which he had called The Brown Sisters - for an exhibition...
(Text continues below the photo) And that would turn out to be a success. It is wonderful to see how the ladies get older over the years: from young adults to the women they are now, marked by time. Their clothing styles and faces change slowly, and when you look at the pictures you wonder what all the sisters have experienced during all those years...
(Text continues below the photo) While they stand apart from each other at the begin of the photo series, their attitudes towards each other seem to change with every year. It seems that their bond has become stronger with the years, considering the women holding each other tightly in the last photos of the series...
(Text continues below the photo) Life has clearly brought the four closer together as they get older. In the year the first photo had been taken (in 1975) their parents had died in a traffic accident, which can be seen on their faces in the first years. The young women are clearly emotional.
(Text continues below the photo) It is the year 1984. For 10 years the sisters have taken a photo together. Meanwhile, Laurie (the oldest sister) is happily married.
(Text continues below the photo) Laurie (right) appears to be expecting. She is the first of the sisters who is busy building her own family.
(Text continues below the photo) Meanwhile, Laurie gave birth to healthy twins. Just like the mother of the two, the aunts are happy, too!
(Text continues below the photo) Despite the beautiful moments that the women experience in their lives, the photos begin to reveal that the women carry more and more life lessons on their shoulders. Their eyes show it. Or is it the age?
(Text continues below the photo) On the following pages, you can clearly see how the sisters change over time. Heather, Mimi, Bebe, and Laurie stopped posing for their annual photo reportage in 2014. And that had a very sad reason...
2013 According to sources, this would be the last photo of the four together. One of the sisters died in the following year. And so the other three ladies decided to stop continuing with the tradition. After all, it would never be the same again... 😢Source: Luxxory