May 27 2010

35 Surreal Examples of Multiplicity Photography


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

About the Author

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.


Comments and Discussions
  • Deepak Kaletha, 27 May 2010

    Great collection

    • Jayakumar, 28 May 2010


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

      whoaugh ………..

  • Drew, 27 May 2010

    Wonderful, how much fun is this!

    Camera, Photoshop, fun!

  • The MoonKeeper, 27 May 2010

    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, 31 May 2010

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

      • brian, 04 June 2010

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

      • Ernesto, 06 June 2010

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

      • Jeff, 30 October 2010

        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, 01 July 2010

      D90 rocks. It feels solid.

      • Angelo, 12 July 2010

        Very true

  • esranull, 27 May 2010

    very fun thanks a lot

  • Jordan Walker, 27 May 2010


  • BC, 27 May 2010

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

  • Pablo Vargas, 27 May 2010

    I did my picture too

  • Laira, 27 May 2010

    Quite good photography.good technique… Impressive…

  • waikit, 27 May 2010

    That bboy picture is actually of me!

  • Jay Philips, 27 May 2010

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

  • Scott Corgan, 27 May 2010

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

  • Gilles, 27 May 2010

    Martin Liebscher is a great photograph in this type

  • Markus Danek, 27 May 2010

    Great collection, love it!

  • Lukas, 28 May 2010

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

  • Jonathan, 28 May 2010

    another one:

  • Billy, 28 May 2010

    i have one to submit to rival the collection!

    i love noupe by the way.

  • kris, 28 May 2010

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

  • Andreas, 28 May 2010

    Great collection! Here’s one more :)

  • element321, 28 May 2010

    Great collection! I love seeing images of this type.

  • Elliott Rodgers, 28 May 2010

    Amazing! So tempted to have a go myself!

  • Bryce Wisekal, 28 May 2010

    Awesome collection! Shared!

  • fuzzimo, 29 May 2010

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

  • jmleclercq, 29 May 2010

    Great collection !

  • Lee Gustin, 30 May 2010

    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.

  • Greg, 30 May 2010

    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.

  • Sam, 30 May 2010

    Its Great

  • Andre, 30 May 2010

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


  • Tom, 31 May 2010

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

  • Kent Tan, 31 May 2010

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

  • Joelsk, 01 June 2010

    Here’s one i did about a year ago.

  • Todd S. Jones, 02 June 2010

    Great stuff! Going to give this a try.

  • taher, 05 June 2010

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

  • Klassi K, 06 June 2010

    This is creativity. Absolutely amazing! Gonna try this.

  • Eric Rasch, 07 June 2010

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

  • Amber, 07 June 2010

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

  • Jackey Daswani, 08 June 2010

    Great Job with Imagination!

  • dharma, 09 June 2010

    is this suitable for add to the collection?

  • Dr. Jones, 10 June 2010

    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, 14 January 2011

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

  • Jae Xavier, 10 June 2010

    lolool… so many ideas. so awesome.

  • Fun, 10 June 2010

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

  • Mark moran, 10 June 2010

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

  • Jan, 11 June 2010

    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


  • Sarah, 14 June 2010

    Great photos and idea!! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Vino, 14 June 2010

    Great collections :) thanks for sharing

  • Sylvia, 20 June 2010

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

  • matt, 22 June 2010

    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.

  • David J, 23 June 2010

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

  • algdfa, 26 June 2010

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

  • Me, 27 June 2010

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

  • Faire des économies, 28 June 2010

    Wonderful photos!

  • Tmo, 30 June 2010

    Heres another cool one I found

  • Karma, 03 July 2010

    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!

  • Kaleem Akhter, 04 July 2010

    nice all is very cool i like everyone.

  • NEJOFRIK, 07 July 2010


  • Zahra, 12 July 2010

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

  • parker, 13 July 2010

    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.

  • John, 26 July 2010

    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.

  • Stefan SERBIA, 12 August 2010

    I have made this one, UP :) …..

  • Al, 13 August 2010

    I am a bedbug and I find this rude.

  • Joshua Ludd, 18 August 2010

    This was already done to death a decade ago.

  • Tom, 20 August 2010

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

    • Keither Alvord, 07 January 2011

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

  • Nik, 21 September 2010

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

  • Kütahya Porselen, 30 September 2010

    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.

  • sharmaine bowers, 02 October 2010

    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

  • Paul T, 02 October 2010

    Ok. I’m dizzy now.

  • Craig, 20 October 2010

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

  • too many dogs, not enough barking, 30 October 2010

  • udana, 10 November 2010

    really really good..i want try like this one

  • hannah, 01 December 2010

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

    • Jeeem, 30 April 2011

      Thanks Hannah,

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


  • vit, 01 January 2011

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

  • bruce, 14 January 2011

    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”.

  • bruce, 14 January 2011

    Why did you not print my comment, to honest?

  • shapewear, 18 January 2011

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

  • Olli, 11 February 2011

    I did a similar picture some years ago:

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