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The Brown Sisters: Forty Years in Forty Portraits

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Arts +1 Age Level Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
This collection includes a unique series of portraits of four sisters. Every year, for forty years, one of the sisters' husbands captured the four women in a black and white photograph. A New York Times article introduces the project, paired with the forty photographs and some discussion questions considering elements of portraiture that are captured in these images.

The Brown Sisters, New Canaan, Connecticut

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The Brown Sisters, Hartford, Connecticut

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The Brown Sisters, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Harwichport, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Marblehead, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

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The Brown Sisters, Cincinnati, Ohio

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The Brown Sisters, Ipswich, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Brighton, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Truro, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Alston, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Chatham, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Wellesley, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Woodstock, Vermont

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The Brown Sisters, Watertown, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Concord, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Boston, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Grantham, New Hampshire

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The Brown Sisters, Marblehead, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Lexington, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Falmouth, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Brookline, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Eastham, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Brewster, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Marblehead, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Ipswich, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Cataumet, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Cataumet, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Wellesley, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Cataumet, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Dallas, Texas

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The Brown Sisters, Truro, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Truro, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Truro, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Boston, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Truro, Massachusetts

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The Brown Sisters, Wellfleet, Massachusetts

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