Lately I find myself reflecting on the Brown sisters. As HuffPo reported last year, documentary photographer Nicholas Nixon has created an image of these four women, side by side, every year since 1975. The fortieth annual photograph recently appeared in the New York Times; the sisters are now between 55 and 65 years old. (See the entire series here.)
Like everyone else, I was blown away by the strength and luminosity of the images themselves, and the inevitability of their progression. As the Times notes, "The cumulative effect is dizzying and powerful. When 36 prints were exhibited in a gallery in Granada, Spain, viewers openly wept."