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The Twins, the Doubles, the Repeated (Photos)


Sandrine Kerfante curated the best pictures under the motif of “doubles.” A selection of them are shared here.

The doppelgänger, a German word coined in 1796 by Jean Paul Richter (who defined it as “people who see themselves”), differs from the alter ego in that it need not have a material form. (Think of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, where the doppelgänger is a version of the same person.) The doppelganger is distinguished by a remarkable aesthetic component: a sinister elegance that speaks of “the other” as one and the same, as repetition, and the symbol of the symbol.


Blogger and curator Sandrine Kerfante has been fascinated with the subject of the “double” since, as a child, she met her mother’s twin. In 2012, she created the blog twin-niwt, a palindrome itself, and in which photos of all kinds of twin elements are beautifully curated.

“I’m fascinated by the idea of the duo, repetition, symmetry, reflection, mirror games and all the symbolism associated with it,” she says. “I think it’s a topic often present in photography, more or less consciously.”

Below is a selection of the photographs from twin-niwt in hopes of spreading the tranquility of repetition, and the aesthetic of the double.

The TwinsPhoneboothsTwins


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