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The invisible Liu Bolin

A woman laughes as she pushes a trolley past artist Liu Bolin during his demonstration to blend in with the vegetables on the shelves at a supermarket in Beijing, November 10, 2011. Liu, also known as the 'Vanishing Artist', started his optical illusion artworks of becoming 'invisible' more than six years ago. Picture taken November 10, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COM

Amazing photos: The invisible Liu Bolin

30 March 2012

Dubbed the Invisible Man, Liu Bolin of Shandong, China has created an art form of camouflage. The 38-year-old artist takes elaborately conceived photographs of himself blending in barely noticeable against his surroundings. Standing motionless for hours as he is painted over, Liu becomes a part of his backdrop, which includes everything from telephone booths to earthquake rubble. Authorities shut down Liu’s art studio in 2005 and since, “Hiding in the City”, as his series is called, is purportedly Liu’s continuing protest against the state’s crackdown on art and free expression. Enjoy these fabulous photographs, and see if you can spot the artist in them.