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This is a portrait of Katie Parks and Sarah Parks, identical Twins born in 2001. The photo was taken by Martin Schoeller.

“Long a source of fascination, twins have often been a theme of myth and legend. The founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus is one of the many instances that spring to mind. Even when separated at birth, identical twins can have uncannily similar tastes, habits, and life experiences. In this landmark photographic study, Martin Schoeller uses his distinctive close-up portrait style to examine sets of identical twins and multiples. In capturing every subtle aspect of their facial structure, myriad similarities and seemingly miniscule—yet significant—differences are revealed, leaving one to ponder how appearance and identity is defined as individuals.” (Source:  Marina Abramović)

Don’t miss this video on the making of “Identical: The Portrait of Twins” Collection:

Schoeller, 45, was born in Munich, Germany and is based in New York.  His style of “hyper-detailed close ups” is distinguished by similar treatment of all subjects whether they are celebrities or unknown. His most recognizable work are his portraits, shot with similar lighting, backdrop, and tone. His work appears in “National Geographic Magazine”, The New Yorker, “New York Time Magazine”, TimeGQ, and Vogue. He has been a staff photographer at The New Yorker since 1999. (Source: Wiki)

Post Source: “Identical: The Portrait of Twins


  1. Intriguing. Have always thought it would be both fascinating and irritating to be a twin….


  2. wow, so cool. this is an amazing photo project. i have always been fascinated by twins as well, and almost always have at least one set in my room each year. i love to watch how they interact, with each other, with others, and how they begin to find their own identities and friends beginning about age 5, though always looking over their shoulders to make sure the other one is okay.


  3. Really interesting…love the video


  4. Fascinating!


  5. I loved the part about how older twins show the differences of their lives on their faces.


  6. I have twin grandchildren. Although not identical but fraternal twins. They look different and act differently. People seeing them don’t believe they are twins. Thanks for the spotlight on twins.


  7. I want a twin–preferably rich and generous


  8. So fascinating, David. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  9. Fascinating! Thanks for sharing.


  10. Funnily enough, Rhonda says I have a twin …. an evil one! … though I’m sure I don’t know what she is talking about.


  11. There were six pairs of identical twins in my first school. When I first met each pair, the two did look the same, but when I got to know them it was easy to tell them apart. I think that there are no two identical people in the world, even with twins.


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