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4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years

The Brown sisters have been photographed every year since 1975. In each photo, the four sisters pose in the same order – Heather, Mimi, Bebe, and Laurie. It started when Nicholas Nixon was visiting his wife’s family when, “on a whim,” he said he asked her and her three sisters if he could take their picture.  After he saw the image, he asked them if they might do it every year. “They seemed O.K. with it,” he said; thus began a project that has spanned almost his whole career.

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1975

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1976

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1977

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1978

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1979

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1980

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1981

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1982

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1983

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1984

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1985

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1986

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1987

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1988

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1989

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1990

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1991

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1992

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1993

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1994

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1995

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1996

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1997

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1998

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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1999

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2000

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2001

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2002

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2003

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2004

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2005

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2006

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2007

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2008

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2009

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2010

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2011

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2012

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2013

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2015

4 Sisters Took The Same Photo Every Year For 43 Years
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2018

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The series, which has been shown around the world over the past four decades, will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art, coinciding with the museum’s publication of the book “The Brown Sisters: Forty Years” in November.

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