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Working within these limited parameters, Nixon has created a compelling investigation of both portraiture and the passage of time. Taken as a whole, the 31 photographs made between 1975 and 2005 reveal not only incidental changes in background, lighting, and dress, but also the gradual, incremental aging of the women. Nixon's disciplined approach to photographing the Brown sisters also records the evolving demeanor of the women and suggests their changing relationships with one another. While the photographs have roots in the tradition of the family snapshot, Nixon's artistic rigor and the Brown sisters' commitment to the project transcend this heritage to create a moving testament to the dynamism and complexity of human relationships.
All of the prints in the exhibition are from the collection of the National Gallery of Art. Their acquisition was made possible by the Patrons' Permanent Fund, the Collectors Committee, and the Fund for Living Photographers.
Sponsor: This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Trellis Fund and The Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation.