Published by Aperture
Photographer Mary Ellen Mark has made some of America's most iconic images, in a career spanning more than three decades and producing such published collections as Streetwise (1988), Indian Circus (1993), and Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey (1999). Here Mark turns her acute eye to the extraordinary bond that exists between twins. For two consecutive years, she set up a studio on the site of America's premier twins festival, Twins Days in Twinsburg, Ohio, and invited participants to be costumed and photographed in black and white with her Polaroid 20 x 24 camera?ideal for capturing fine detail even in a full-body image. The resulting body of work is a collection of variously beautiful and unsettling images, revealing nuances in the relationships of the twins she observed, from Roy and Troy Tesmer and their twin wives Amanda and Rhianna?who all live and raise children together and have all been known to chase around in hour-long sock-ball fights to blow off steam?to Walter and David Oliver, seen on the cover, both of whom never appealed to women and gave up dating back in 1960.
The 80 portraits are printed as tritones to faithfully reproduce the subtle tones of the original photographs, and excerpts of Mark's interviews with her subjects are provided in a thumbnail index.