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Four Sisters Age 40 Years in Photos

October 20, 2014 3 min read

The Brown sisters have posed for a portrait every year since 1975. In this incredible series of photographs spanning 40 years, you can see the passage of time echoed over the features of these four sisters as they pass from youth, through middle age. The series, which has been shown in exhibitions around the world will be on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, coinciding with the publishing of a book “The Brown Sisters: Forty Years” that will be released by the Museum in November.   [caption id="attachment_56827" align="aligncenter" width="759"]1976 1976[/caption] What is so profound about the series is the different body language evident at each stage of their lives. It is rare for us to see the passage from this perspective - we seldom notice the year by year aging of our own features in the mirror, and it often takes looking back at a forgotten photograph of ourselves for us to see times effect on our bodies. Change in life is a constant, but the changes that are at work in our bodies as we train, lose weight, build muscle and age seem to show up all at once.
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Photographs like the these are that rare kind of Art that brings our common fate as humans into crystal clear relief. We are all destined to age. Gravity is pulling on all of our features, and ultimately each of us will someday confront our “old selves” in the mirror. How comfortable are you with this change? [caption id="attachment_56803" align="aligncenter" width="759"]1978 1978[/caption] For me it’s just another reason to keep fit and active. Not because I’m under any delusion about escaping the aging process, but because I want to enjoy my body and as much of this physical experience of life on earth as possible. It’s really a 'use it or lose it' mentality, with the peaceful knowing that in the end everything about our physicality is surrendered to time. When you look at aging from this vantage point, it’s really never too late to choose a path that allows us to be the best version of ourselves as possible. Lets enjoy the ride together for as long as possible. [caption id="attachment_56819" align="aligncenter" width="756"]1979 1979[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56798" align="aligncenter" width="755"]1980 1980[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56823" align="aligncenter" width="757"]1981 1981[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56802" align="aligncenter" width="761"]1982 1982[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56788" align="aligncenter" width="760"]1983 1983[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56822" align="aligncenter" width="750"]1984 1984[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56821" align="aligncenter" width="756"]1985 1985[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_56814" align="aligncenter" width="752"]1986 1986[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56797" align="aligncenter" width="755"]1987 1987[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56826" align="aligncenter" width="750"]1988 1988[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56790" align="aligncenter" width="757"]1989 1989[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_56817" align="aligncenter" width="753"]1990 1990[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56794" align="aligncenter" width="756"]1991 1991[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56791" align="aligncenter" width="760"]1992 1992[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_56818" align="aligncenter" width="752"]1993 1993[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_56807" align="aligncenter" width="755"]1994 1994[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56824" align="aligncenter" width="747"]1995 1995[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_56825" align="aligncenter" width="749"]1996 1996[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56799" align="aligncenter" width="753"]1997 1997[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_56815" align="aligncenter" width="761"]1998 1998[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56801" align="aligncenter" width="752"]1999 1999[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_56805" align="aligncenter" width="748"]2000 2000[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56816" align="aligncenter" width="754"]2001 2001[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56810" align="aligncenter" width="758"]2002 2002[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56812" align="aligncenter" width="753"]2003 2003[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_56820" align="aligncenter" width="758"]2004 2004[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56809" align="aligncenter" width="756"]2005 2005[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56792" align="aligncenter" width="753"]2006 2006[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56811" align="aligncenter" width="757"]2007 2007[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56808" align="aligncenter" width="759"]2008 2008[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56804" align="aligncenter" width="759"]2009 2009[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56793" align="aligncenter" width="761"]2010 2010[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56795" align="aligncenter" width="759"]2011 2011[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56800" align="aligncenter" width="758"]2012 2012[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56806" align="aligncenter" width="761"]2013 2013[/caption] [caption id="attachment_56813" align="aligncenter" width="749"]2014 2014[/caption]  

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