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Forty Portraits in Forty Years
The Gothard Sisters - Photo
Photographer Nicholas Nixon has been taking the same photo of 4 sisters for over 4 decades. And watching these siblings grow year after year is utterly captivating! Nicholas was 26 and the year was when he snapped the first photo of 4 sisters. But he was unhappy with how the photo turned out, so he threw the negative away. Nicolas snapped another photo of 4 sisters a year later when Laurie graduated from college. And from there, Bebe and her sisters agreed to pose together in the same order annually for a single photo to represent themselves each year.
Photos of Sisters - Featured Images
It was summer , and a black-and-white photograph of four young women — elbows casually attenuated, in summer shirts and pants, standing pale and luminous against a velvety background of trees and lawn — was the result. A year later, at the graduation of one of the sisters, while readying a shot of them, he suggested they line up in the same order. After he saw the image, he asked them if they might do it every year. Who are these sisters? The human impulse is to look for clues, but soon we dispense with our anthropological scrutiny — Irish?