Photographer Nicolas Nixon was born in Detroit in 1947. He is known for his black and white portraits. He’s photographed porch life in the rural South, cityscapes, and schools in and around Boston.

He’s also photographed the sick and dying, as well as intimacy between couples. Nixon is able to capture the connection between his subjects and their surroundings. One of his most famous collections is a series of photos of his wife and her sisters.

The idea for this photo exhibition, which was featured in the Museum of Modern Art, was conceived on a whim. It was the summer of 1975 in New Canaan, Connecticut. He was visiting with his wife family when he asked if he could take a picture of his wife and her three sisters.