The Hidden Art of Camouflage Photography

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February 04, 2010

Camouflage has always been a wonder to us.

It allows animals and plants to remain indiscernible from the surrounding environment through deception.

Adopting this concept, a new wave of camouflage artists use special techniques for their photographs that allow them to show people blended into their surroundings.

For each photo, the camouflage artist must meticulously design a new camouflage suit in order for the effect to work.

This article features the work of two prominent camouflage artists: Liu Bolin and Desiree Palmen. See if you can find the people in these photographs…

Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist who creates art in protest to the actions of the Chinese government, who shut his studio down in 2005. He will work on a single photograph for up to ten hours, and often pedestrians will not notice him until they actually run into him.


Desiree Palmen

Desiree Palmen is a talented Dutch artist who also uses photography to produce her camouflage art. She patiently paints the camouflage on by hand on cotton suits, matching them to the background.

Compiled exclusively for WDD by Zoe Ajiboye.

Which ones did you like best? What do you think of this type of art?

WDD Staff

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