- Tapa dura: 96 páginas
- Editor: Aperture; Edición: 01 (1 de julio de 2004)
- Colección: Aperture Monograph
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1931788197
- ISBN-13: 978-1931788199
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- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº534.647 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Mary Ellen Mark: Twins (Aperture Monograph) (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 jul 2004
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One of the nation's most renowned photographers turns her lens to twins, hoping to capture the fascinating, often unsettling bond that exists between these special siblings. 10,000 first printing.
Biografía del autor
Mary Ellen Mark has achieved worldwide visibility through her books, exhibitions, and editorial magazine work. Among her many publications are Streetwise (1988), Indian Circus (1993), and Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey (1999).
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Though a picture may not be able to get inside someone's mind, it can sure come close with the right artist and Mary Ellen Mark has an ability to see inside her subjects that is nearly unequaled. And that may be why I find these pictures of twins so compelling. Looking at these twins you cannot help but notice the similarities at first glance. And Mark's poses encourage this: symmetries and mirror images. But this is just a trick that lets her camera look beyond. The more you look the more the differences--wisps of hair, injuries old & new, the twist in a smile--jump out and are moving.
I am a big fan of photographic portraiture and Mark is an expert in the genre. In twins she has chosen a theme that plays to her strengths. I would encourage everyone who loves photography to take a look at her work. And once you've studied these pictures to your heart's content, take some time to peruse the excerpts from the subject interviews at the end of the book. It adds another dimension to what you've seen. All in all, this is a book to add to your art book collection.
Bought the book cheap and passed off to a friend who is a twin...
Mary Ellen Mark's fascination with twins has inspired a remarkable portrait series. Traveling to Twinsburg, Ohio, for their annual "Twins Day" festival allowed her to photograph hundreds of twins. In the two consecutive years Mark visited the festival she used a complex set-up for the seemingly simple aesthetic. Every detail is captured through the Polaroid 20x24 camera Mark used. Between the camera and dynamic lighting every wrinkle, toned muscle, body hair, and freckle is visible. Using the studio, all attention of the festival is lost. Instead the attention is given to the twins themselves. A thoughtful decision that emphasizes Marks pure interest in her subjects. The final pages of the book are dedicated to bits of conversation Mark collected after shooting the photographs. Each fragment from the conversations revels more about each pair connecting the viewer even more with every photograph.
As part of the festival, participants dress alike emphasizing their already very similar appearances. Their outfits give us a glimpse of the personality and lifestyle traits each set shares. It apparent that a majority of the twins are aware of the camera and Mark takes it a step further by posing several of the sets to accentuate their costumes and relationships. The only sense of individuality is provided through the facial expressions and stances of each twin. Even that allowance of distinction is not always utilized, leaving them looking entirely identical.
It brings to mind Jean Cocteau's statement that after the age of 30 a person is responsible for their own face. On these 20x24 Polaroids every nuance of that responsibility is made clear.
If you have any love of