Thursday, November 3, 2011

Martin Liebscher: Self-Portraits of Me, Myself and I


Have you ever wanted to duplicate yourself in pictures you've taken of yourself? With the advent of digital photography, it's become relatively easy to Photoshop yourself into the same image as many times as you like with the clone stamp or the simple cut-and-paste tools. The only question is, "How many duplicates is enough in one image?" Artist and photographer Martin Liebscher probably hasn't asked that question as he has perfected the art of duplicating himself in the thousands in his imposing collection of self-portraits entitled “Familien Bilder”.



Martin Liebscher started his self-portrait series in 1991 and over the years the number of doppelgangers in his images has grown from around a dozen, to over fifty, to the thousands in his more impressive works. He calls his images Familien Bilder or Family Pictures as he employs other Liebschers (actually duplicates of himself) to fill up the canvas that is his photograph, erasing any other passers-by caught in the frame.


Liebscher mentions that his self-portraits are made in order to question one's identity both individually and in a group. In his photographs, he is the only person playing every role, yet his individuality disappears amid the hundreds of otherselves in the frame.

That or he's just looking for an excuse to clone himself into every image he's taken.


Creating each of his panoramic images can take anywhere from two days to six months, depending on the scale and location. The photographer also has to act the part of the subject, busily fiddling a violin or moving construction material when the scene calls for it. In some images, his facial expression has to be just right in order to convey the illusion of actually being and living in the space.

Going through his collection, you get the feeling that Liebscher has over the years set his goal of multiplying his doubles towards bigger and bigger dimensions, and greater and greater stages. Either that or he's gone completely out of control with his duplications. You decide.



Interested in creating your own self-portraits of me, myself and I? Go over to Martin Liebscher's website over here. His  Familien Bilder or Family Pictures is over here. His photographs have been published in the books Martin Liebscher: Imprint, Martin Liebscher: A Man With Opportunities and XL-Photography: Art Collection Neue Borse.

21 comments:

The Angry Lurker said...

They're really good but I got mild vertigo looking at a couple of them...a bit eye twisting.

R said...

Nice portraits!

GADAFINY said...

now that's what I call a self-portraits :)

Shutterbug said...

It must have took him a long time to make those composites!

Fang said...

Oh God that's so clever! I wonder how he does that?

Interwebs Fails said...

Best idea I've seen in a long time!

Orang3 said...

very strange indeed, but interesting.

Alphabeta said...

Malkovich Malkovich?
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Malkovich.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX9MtuqVrUQ

Ray Rousell said...

What odd pictures??? But extremely intriguing!!

D4 said...

I love some of these. Love. Some others.. well I don't know. Less of eye candy more of this guy had way too much fun, you know? But the ones where the facial features make the portrait.. Nice going.

Xay B. said...

This was crazy. I've seen this done before but at this level is ridiculous.


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Upcoming Top Games said...

Awesome portraits.

My 2 Pesos said...

These pics are amazing!

DWei said...

This is a very dedicated man. But it's also creepy to imagine a world where everyone looks exactly like you.

A Heel in Mint said...

Very interesting. :)

MRanthrope said...

It's very early in the morning as I read this post. Looking at his work is freaking my groggy brain out.

T. Roger Thomas said...

I want to do some of these myself.

I bet it's easy enough to capture the images using a stationary camera set to snap photos on a loop or using a high res security camera. From there, it would be a matter of using masking in Photoshop to include only the part of each image that you want visible in the final comped image.

Jacob said...

what a load of work, Great outcom tho!

Dale said...

haha, this is so weird, but the pics turned out so great and eventhough there are so many people in each pic, it's actually kind of a lonely concept since they're all copies of the same person.

-dale

Andrew said...

Wow, that took some serious work and a lot of patience to produce that many copies of himself. Exceptional narcissist or creative? I guess we'll never know!

Anonymous said...

wow, and I thought my clone photos were golden.. This guy blows mine out of the water!

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