Item description for Mary Ellen Mark: Twins (Aperture Monograph) by Mary Ellen Mark...
Mary Ellen Mark, voted by the readers of American Photography as the most influential woman photographer of all time, has made some of America's most iconic images in a career spanning more than three decades. In Twins, her fourteenth publication, Mark turns her acute eye and her heart to the extraordinary bond that exists between these very special siblings.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 11" Height: 13" Weight: 2.76 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 2005
ISBN 1931788197 ISBN13 9781931788199
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More About Mary Ellen Mark
Mark has excelled at the traditional task of a documentary photographer for over thirty years.
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Mary Ellen Mark a strange but interesting bird Aug 17, 2007
Any photographers looking for a book theme should study this one, which, obviously, focuses on twins. Why? Because it's much more than an assemblage of photos of twins. For instance, one shot shows a pair of handicapped twins who just happen to have as their day nurses another set of twins. There are other equally interesting shots in the book that make it worth having on your shelf.
Presenting subtle differences as well as similarities Jul 16, 2004
Artist/author Mary Ellen Mark spent two consecutive years setting up a studio on the site of the Twinsburg, Ohio 'twin days' festival', inviting twins to be photographed: Twins provides a collection of startling images which succeed in presenting subtle differences as well as startling similarities between twins. The multicultural representation of twins as well as the inclusion of which twin is older by how many minutes makes these full-page black and white photos exceptional works of art and study.
Beautiful Portraits Dec 9, 2003
Haven't most of the rest of us all wondered at one time or another what it would be like to have a twin? It is amazing that two people can look so alike. And we can only imagine that there is a closeness there that most of us never experience in our lives.
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.