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Nicholas Nixon: The Brown Sisters. Thirty-Three Years. Hardcover – January 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Revised edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870707191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870707193
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 11.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,544,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Charles Eliot on January 24, 2010
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Nicholas Nixon's continuing series of annual portraits of the four Brown sisters started in the early 70's. "Nicholas Nixon: The Brown Sisters. Thirty-Three Years" collects the portraits up to 2008, a total of 33 years, in a beautifully bound and printed volume, with good surrounding information in the introduction and appendices.

The format of the works is simple: the same 4 women, in the same left-to-right order, shot with an 8x10 view camera. Some of the portraits are splendid, some less so, but it's not the individual isolated images that make this collection so moving.

We know next to nothing about them and their lives beyond the flimsiest of biographical details. We know that they are sisters, we know their relative ages, and we know that the photographer is married to one of them. Everything beyond that is speculation except for one other thing: we share with them the most powerful story of all - the chronological unfolding of human lives. "Capturing the moment" has been one of the enduring themes through the history of photography, co-existing with and exploiting the powerful human urge to fill in the story surrounding snapshot images. The Brown Sisters has, over time, emerged as a very special work of art because the arc of its narrative is so long, and it engages us in a way that we can't avoid. You can see this in action anywhere that the collection is displayed (such as the MOMA in New York). At first a person might look at the images with the eye of the voyueur, scraping for more information: Is this one pregnant? Is that one looking ill? But eventually we stand back and see the irreducible story of human aging, shared with us in poignant and generous and courageous glimpses.
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Everything I expect a photographybook to be ! It was in a perfect state. I saw the prints on an exhibtion and just had to have the book. It shows that getting older can be beautiful.
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