35 Surreal Examples of Multiplicity Photography

May 27th, 2010

Multiplicity is a photography technique in which the same person is photographed from different angles and directions and then the bunch of photographs are digitally re-mastered in Photoshop showing clones of the person doing different things all in one photo.

Today we present 35 Surreal Examples of Multiplicity Photography to inspire you. Photography and Photoshop go hand in hand. Multiplicity Photography is the real test of your patience as you may have to work for hours to get the right shots mainly because of different angles, props and clothes used in pre-production. And finally when you have the images, you have to work on different techniques (blending, layering, curving etc) in Photoshop to paste all the images in one single photo. Enjoy.

Surreal Examples of Multiplicity Photography

what you don’t know can indeed hurt you

what you don't know can indeed hurt you

Wet Willy Multiplicity

Wet Willy Multiplicity

Multiplicity, falling

Multiplicity, falling

Creepy Multiplicity

Creepy Multiplicity

uh.. thats MY glass, silly..

uh.. thats MY glass, silly..

Multiplicity – Guest Room

Multiplicity - Guest Room



B-Boy multiplicity

B-Boy multiplicity

We hate it when our friends become successful

We hate it when our friends become successful

Cleo and her 21 brothers & sisters

Cleo and her 21 brothers & sisters

The Unconscious

The Unconscious

Multiplicity part 1

Multiplicity part 1

that would be a handful…

that would be a handful...

Too many cooks…..

Too many cooks.....



Day 192: Just the Two of Us.

Day 192: Just the Two of Us





Multiplicity – Meanies x2, Victim x1

Multiplicity - Meanies x2, Victim x1



Dental Multiplicity – Self Portrait

Dental Multiplicity - Self Portrait



Family multiplicity

Family multiplicity

Beggars Can’t be Choosers

Beggars Can't be Choosers

365 Days – Day 71 – Hippy Tree Huggers

365 Days - Day 71 - Hippy Tree Huggers

Come on feel the Illinoise

Come on feel the Illinoise

Multiplicity in Redwood Forest

Multiplicity in Redwood Forest



Day 242 of 365

Day 242 of 365

Working in the Library

Working in the Library

My clones ball

My clones ball





Violence at Work (Multiplicity)

Violence at Work (Multiplicity)

The Home Office

The Home Office

Bhanu Ahluwalia is a graduate in Computer Science and a social media enthusiast from India. He specializes in web design by qualification and photography by passion. He is an avid blogger, running TutZone and co-authoring DesignUnder and SloDive. You can reach him via Twitter.


91 comments for „35 Surreal Examples of Multiplicity Photography
  1. Deepak Kaletha on May 27th, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Great collection

    • Jayakumar on May 28th, 2010 at 11:11 pm


      Not at all possible to live with out any commend for this !!!!

      whoaugh ………..

  2. Drew on May 27th, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Wonderful, how much fun is this!

    Camera, Photoshop, fun!

  3. The MoonKeeper on May 27th, 2010 at 3:45 am

    Some really good pieces! Now I want to go straight to Curry’s and buy that damn Nikon D90 DSLR camera to make some wicked Photos!

    • Adi on May 31st, 2010 at 12:47 am

      D90??? No way man, is a piece of crap! Go for D300!

      • brian on June 4th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

        you are aware that the d90 and d300 have literally the same exact image resolution, megapixels, sensor size, etc..right??

      • Ernesto on June 6th, 2010 at 10:05 am

        I would recommend a lot the sony alpha 600 guys, but it’s only a suggestion.

      • Jeff on October 30th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

        D90 and D300 are very very different. Similar sensor, not the same. D300 has great autofocus, D90 autofocus is very frustrating. D300 has full magnesium body, stronger shutter. Shoots more FPS. Doesn’t look like a toy, etc. Huge differences.

    • rob on July 1st, 2010 at 2:27 am

      D90 rocks. It feels solid.

      • Angelo on July 12th, 2010 at 10:46 am

        Very true

  4. esranull on May 27th, 2010 at 3:46 am

    very fun thanks a lot

  5. Jordan Walker on May 27th, 2010 at 5:08 am


  6. BC on May 27th, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Nice !!!
    We’ve made a video with this type of operation :

  7. Pablo Vargas on May 27th, 2010 at 5:22 am

    I did my picture too

  8. Laira on May 27th, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Quite good photography.good technique… Impressive…

  9. waikit on May 27th, 2010 at 7:44 am

    That bboy picture is actually of me!

  10. Jay Philips on May 27th, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Nice collection. I especially like “Cleo and her 21 brothers & sisters”

  11. Scott Corgan on May 27th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Oh, I remember that movie, with Michael Keaton! This list of photos is ALMOST as good as that movie! Great! :)

  12. Gilles on May 27th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Martin Liebscher is a great photograph in this type

  13. Markus Danek on May 27th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Great collection, love it!

  14. Lukas on May 28th, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Wicked! I am so going to try this :) Thank you!

  15. Kris on May 28th, 2010 at 3:02 am
  16. Mac on May 28th, 2010 at 4:54 am
  17. Jonathan on May 28th, 2010 at 7:30 am
  18. Billy on May 28th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    i have one to submit to rival the collection!

    i love noupe by the way.

  19. kris on May 28th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Awesome post!!
    I want to do something similar with photos for my band and this has provided me with some serious inspiration!

  20. Andreas on May 28th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Great collection! Here’s one more :)

  21. element321 on May 28th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Great collection! I love seeing images of this type.

  22. Elliott Rodgers on May 28th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Amazing! So tempted to have a go myself!

  23. Bryce Wisekal on May 28th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Awesome collection! Shared!

  24. fuzzimo on May 29th, 2010 at 2:17 am

    That’s some pretty funny stuff. I’d have to try it someday.

  25. jmleclercq on May 29th, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Great collection !

  26. Lee Gustin on May 30th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Great Multiplicity photos!! I have always wanted to try one of these, and maybe now I will that I’ve seen these great inspirational ones.

  27. Greg on May 30th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    If you want to see some cool multiplicity photos check out Cameron Jinks, these photos where taken over 3 years where he gained weight, lost weight and changed his facial appearance.

  28. Sam on May 30th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Its Great

  29. Andre on May 30th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Superb stuff!! I’ve been playing with this idea recently. Working out the shadows is the tricky part.


  30. Tom on May 31st, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Haha I made some things like this back in highschool a number of years ago! Fun to create!!

  31. Kent Tan on May 31st, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Amazing collection! I like the last one – how did they photoshop everything so nicely together?

  32. Joelsk on June 1st, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Here’s one i did about a year ago.

  33. Todd S. Jones on June 2nd, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Great stuff! Going to give this a try.

  34. taher on June 5th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    fine & fine
    look like & then…………………..

  35. Klassi K on June 6th, 2010 at 12:11 am

    This is creativity. Absolutely amazing! Gonna try this.

  36. Eric Rasch on June 7th, 2010 at 5:06 am

    These are great examples! I tried one of my own a year or so ago with kids:

  37. Amber on June 7th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    The “Violence at Work” reminds me of Fight Club.

  38. Jackey Daswani on June 8th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Great Job with Imagination!

  39. dharma on June 9th, 2010 at 4:33 am

    is this suitable for add to the collection?

  40. Dr. Jones on June 10th, 2010 at 7:41 am

    So you shot a base plate image, then individual shots and then photoshopped them in. Big whoop. If the concepts were more interesting, i.e. told some sort of story or had some sort of point, I could look past it. But there is nothing more here than technique, and not a very original or difficult one.

    • bruce on January 14th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      I wrote something similar to yours but evidently I didn’t put it as nicely as you did because they didn’t print it.

  41. Jae Xavier on June 10th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    lolool… so many ideas. so awesome.

  42. Fun on June 10th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Superrr! I copied some photos and I will save them :)

  43. Mark moran on June 10th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Check out Irish photographer Rob O’ Connor. His recent work is incredible and features multiplicity

  44. Jan on June 11th, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Hi all,

    you have seen nothing yet.

    This guy took panos with himself hundreds of times in it:

    More panos like this to be found here:

    English language video with a few explanations:

    3500 images, 3 days shooting, 6 months after-processing


  45. Sarah on June 14th, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Great photos and idea!! Thanks for sharing :)

  46. Vino on June 14th, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Great collections :) thanks for sharing

  47. Sylvia on June 20th, 2010 at 5:19 am

    These were unbelievable. Would love to be able to produce such amazing photos, but just have a little point and shoot.

  48. matt on June 22nd, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I dont usually do a lot of commenting but why not do a slightly shorter list and weed out some of the ones with the really crappy photoshopping jobs. It would keep the list hq, not just having every example one can find.

  49. David J on June 23rd, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Wow, too many people. And most (all?) aren’t even Chinese.

  50. algdfa on June 26th, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Wow, too many people. And most (all?) aren’t even Chinese.

  51. Me on June 27th, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Wow.Yeah.Cool.[yeah right this is so not cool]

  52. Faire des économies on June 28th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Wonderful photos!

  53. Tmo on June 30th, 2010 at 11:30 am
  54. Karma on July 3rd, 2010 at 10:12 am

    The first one, I know her..or OF her should I say because she takes awesome pics! I am a fan of her collection on flickr :) Her name is Rebekkah and she’s from Iceland. Fabulous pics!

  55. Kaleem Akhter on July 4th, 2010 at 2:15 am

    nice all is very cool i like everyone.

  56. NEJOFRIK on July 7th, 2010 at 12:46 pm


  57. Zahra on July 12th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    cool!!! Know of any tutorials on how to do it? :D

  58. parker on July 13th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    This is so much easier than you think.
    I did this: in less than five minutes.
    Third time I had ever used PhotoShop: Beginner.
    Tutorial I made for my brother:

    good luck!
    leave me a question on the YT page if you want.

  59. John on July 26th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Wow those are indeed surreal. I love the first one very creative idea using the mirror image! I wish I was talented enough to come up with these types of things on my own but now that I’ve seen some of them I might give em a try just to test out my own photography and editing skills.

  60. Stefan SERBIA on August 12th, 2010 at 6:41 am

    I have made this one, UP :) …..

  61. Al on August 13th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    I am a bedbug and I find this rude.

  62. Joshua Ludd on August 18th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    This was already done to death a decade ago.

  63. Tom on August 20th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    These are always fun. I did it with my son a while back.

  64. Ashley on August 20th, 2010 at 6:24 pm
    • Keither Alvord on January 7th, 2011 at 7:07 am

      the lighting is perfect in that.
      I went through some of the other pictures on your photostream. they’re pretty good.

  65. Nik on September 21st, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Oh wow! Those are great. I was able to experiment with some Roller Derby Girls here:

  66. Kütahya Porselen on September 30th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Ich denke, dies ist eine großartige Nachricht. Eine Sache, die ich am meisten hilfreich finden, ist Nummer fünf. Manchmal, wenn ich schreibe, ich lass den Fluss der Worte und Informationen kommen so sehr, dass ich locker den Zweck. Es ist nur nach der Bearbeitung, wenn ich merke, was ich getan habe. Es ist trotzig eine Menge toller Tipps hier werde ich versuchen, mehr bewusst.

  67. sharmaine bowers on October 2nd, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Hey ALL of these are wonderful. If anyone out there can answer my next question, I would be so greatful. Is there any possible way that I can do these clones/multiplicities without using photoshop? I would love to do these but CANNOT afford Photoshop at all. Is there a free program that would allow me to do this type of work? I would be greatful for an answer. TY. Sharmaine

  68. Paul T on October 2nd, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Ok. I’m dizzy now.

  69. Mac-xime on October 7th, 2010 at 12:49 pm
  70. Craig on October 20th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Hey, these are fantastic :-) they mess with the mind a bit, this is a great collection, Thanks!

  71. too many dogs, not enough barking on October 30th, 2010 at 7:36 pm
  72. udana on November 10th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    really really good..i want try like this one

  73. hannah on December 1st, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Hi. I have written a tutorial for how to create these type of images,

    • Jeeem on April 30th, 2011 at 3:27 am

      Thanks Hannah,

      I was hoping somebody would place a “How To” on here. I’ll have to try this.


  74. vit on January 1st, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    amazing shoots! i would try to make it, any tips?

  75. bruce on January 14th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    This is the first time that I have seen these types of pictures. Although there are a couple that are at least mildly interesting only one “multiplicity” shows any kind of mental complexity by the photographer. The rest are just adolescent or uninspired and totally undeserving of a second look, and to them I say “take out your trash, it stinks”.

  76. bruce on January 14th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Why did you not print my comment, to honest?

  77. shapewear on January 18th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    These are very good, I tried making one myself but they didn’t look as good as those.

  78. Olli on February 11th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I did a similar picture some years ago: