HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO CATCH SOMEBODY’S LIFE? I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT SPYING THEM BY YOUR WINDOW, YOU’RE NOT JEFF, I’M NOT YOUR LISA AND OUR NEIGHBORS ARE NOT THE THORWALDS. I’M SUGGESTING YOU JUST TO BRING YOUR CAMERA AND TAKE SOME PICS. TO WHOM? EVERYBODY!
Nicholas Nixon did it in the late 1975. He was visiting his wife’s family when he thought to ask her and the three sisters to take a picture. In that moment, he began to capture their lives. All started in summer, between shorts and pants, and an evolving soft background.
Forty years have passed and these women are still there, like strange figures exploring us. Now, this story is a book, “The Brown Sisters: Forty Years”, and everyone wants to know something about these ladies: from left, Heather, Mimi, Bebe (Nixon’s wife). That’s all. It’s is beauty.
And now? What about you? Are you thinking about their relationships? Everyone won’t be here forever. Everyone won’t say anything else except its aesthetic. We’re living in a world wide communication system and we must share all about us. Can we choose?
Yes, but we don’t want. It’s wonderful to be famous for fifteen minutes everyday. Delightful.
Nicholas Nixon is a photographer whose work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, among many others.
All photographs by Nicholas Nixon/Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York.
Text by Alessandra Sutto