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In 1975, photographer Nicholas Nixon snapped a photo of his wife Bebe Brown with her three sisters. The resulting image was powerful.

The sisters were so taken with the photograph that they decided to make it an annual event.

Every year until 2010 the four sisters posed in the same order, though their proximity to one another shifted over time and seemed to hint at the evolution of their relationships. Compare that first shot from 1975 to the most recent from 2010.

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PHOTO: NICHOLAS NIXON

These photos present an almost scholarly take on the power of family and the beauty of aging. It’s riveting. Instead of being horrified by the transformation over time, their faces and bodies seem to be growing into who they are versus losing anything through the process.

Nicholas Nixon’s book is now available for sale and features all 36 of these images that he recorded over a lifetime.

source: So Bad So Good

 

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