September 11, 2020 – March 7, 2021
Over the summers of 2001 and 2002, Mary Ellen Mark (1940–2015) brought a team of assistants and a large-format Polaroid camera to Twinsburg, Ohio, for the annual Twins Days Festival. The resulting series of extraordinary portraits captures, in astounding detail and clarity, the fascinating physical similarity of identical twins. Just as engaging are the subtle differences between each pair, confirming each twin’s individuality. Mark later interviewed many of her subjects over the phone. Amid a range of anecdotes and confessed frustrations, the intense bond shared between these special siblings is further illuminated in their personal statements.
Accompanying these photographs are quotes from interviews Mark held following the 2001-2002 photo shoots, which appear in her book Twins, published by Aperture Foundation, Inc., 2003.