Identical, Portraits of Twins by Martin Schoeller

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Martin Schoeller, the New York based photographer best known for his tight portraits or “close up” series, remains at the forefrontof the photographic community. Working on both commercial and personal projects, Martin continues to produce masterful portraits that have gained recognition for their strong visual impact. A talented photographer and humble man, Martin’s career has evolved from unassuming beginnings. After high school, a friend urged him to apply for photography school in Germany. Of 800 applicants, Martin was one of 40 students accepted and after graduation moved to New York City to pursue his photographic career.


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, twins usually have uncannily similar tastes, habits and life experiences. In this landmark photographic study, Martin Schoeller uses his distinctive close-up portrait style to examine 40 sets of identical twins, capturing every subtle aspect of their facial structure and expressions. We notice the myriad similarities and the seemingly miniscule–yet significant–differences. Browsing this remarkable collection, you’ll find yourself pondering how appearance and identity define our sense of our selves.