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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Nick Nixon and the Sisters

Nicholas Nixon, famous for making immediate and in-your-face documentary snapshots with an 8x10 view camera and wide lenses, photographs his wife Bebe and her three younger sisters every year. There are 31 pictures in the series now--it certainly dates me that the first time I ever saw the series, the total was six, perhaps eight. "For 31 years, he's chosen one black-white shot of the sisters," writes Carl Hartman of Canadian Press, "always in natural light and always in the same left-to-right order--Heather, Mimi, Bebe and Laurie. The photos usually are taken on a lawn or beach." The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. will be showing all 31 through Feb. 20th of 2006. "It's a small, stark show: a single wall in a single room, three rows of 10 photos each, with an additional one at the end of the middle row." The show is in the west building.


Featured comment: Salva (apologizing for his English) writes, "
I've seen this show in Seville (Spain) last year, and I felt so impressed with the time-passing feeling."


Blogger Steve said...

Great to se you back and writing on Photography. Missed your columns.

2:10 AM  
Blogger Salva said...

I´ve seen this show in Seville (spain) last year, and I felt so impressed with the time-passing feeling.

PS: My english is not very good

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Studied under Nick in the Late 70's.His photographs are haunting.And today they are as lumnus as the silver used to print them.The soul of the folks in the photos never change just what they are wearing.Ah the butie of living.
Suzanne Neville Reynard

9:54 AM  

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