China’s “Invisible Man” to Wow Paris


Consider this post as an attachment/update to previous Liu Bolin series. By now, we all know Liu’s incredible talent to camouflage himself. In the previous sets we’ve seen him in focus, but this is the first photo I found where Liu is photographed from a greater distance. It’s almost impossible to notice him. Check out the gallery beneath for additional sessions Liu participated in. The artist dubbed the “invisible man” is bringing his mind-bending pieces back to Europe. Liu will exhibit his unique photographs, in which he paints himself so as to “disappear” into his surroundings, at the YU Gallery in Paris in October. Liu, 36, has been known to spend up to 10 painstaking hours at each location — adding fine detail to his entire body until he is virtually undetectable. The chameleon experienced resistance from his own government, and in 2005 his Beijing studio was forcibly shut down over his political works.

We all know Liu's incredible talent for camouflage. It is almost impossible to spot him from such a distance.
We all know Liu's incredible talent for camouflage. It is almost impossible to spot him from such a distance.

Some of the Liu Bolin’s camouflages you might have missed:

  • Easy Spotter

    10th symbol from the left
    9th from the right

  • Sue

    I think I see him in front of the red sign sign (In front of character #10 from the left), but all I see is some irregularities, perhaps some pant legs, but no defiinite torso, head, or arms.

  • Falon

    That’s pretty good, but I can still easily see him. I sure wouldn’t be able to do that!

  • Luke

    It actually looks like a ghost it so cool xD

  • Kevin

    In front of 10th symbol in sign.

    Noticed right away in the smaller google thumbnail but was only shure on the larger version.

  • Kamil

    haha, I had some trouble finding him, but those bricks in the center were oddly a different color then the others. You might want to open it up in full screen too.

  • Naples00

    Found in 2 seconds… 9th letter from the right on the big red stripe.

    Sorry 4 english, I’m Italian :)

  • Maddie (again)

    I found him.

  • Nyx

    1st Post! These are nifty :)

  • mystery

    look at the writing

  • Peet

    Liu is truly amazing with his camouflage. I thnk my favourite is him standing with the other people.

  • anonymous

    wow i’ve never thought he was really good until now…

  • Lucas Delfin

    I’d say it’s photoshopped, but I believe you guys, and it’s awesome!

  • yes!

    fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuunny i saw it in 1 sec literally

  • How does he do this?

  • vfagrfhgj

    wow…!! i made the picture larger and i saw it! hes standing closer than you think….

  • Jim

    He’s in front of the 10th character from the left.

  • Ashley

    I found him really quick! I’m kinda surprised! Wow he desguised himself really well!

    First comment! =))

  • Ron

    wow, I finally found him. At this distance the effect is almost perfect. It’s a true red letter day for Liu.

  • Christie

    This is my favorite website. I check into it every day, but this morning I was totally put off when a banner ad at the top SHOUTED at me. Further, that ad kept flashing so I couldn’t see the illusion at all.

    I’m glad it isn’t there any more. Please… if you have any say, don’t do that again!

  • Gordon

    Very impressive. It would be interesting to see a comparative picture with him against a white wall.

  • Anonymous

    very nice there =]

  • tb20

    I see something by the red sign, but what is it?

  • Whazizname

    Nice! It’s in front of 我!!! But not too hard to spot. It had a different colour from the rest.

  • Jenni

    whilst he is spottable, it is still incredible that he can hide so well

  • anonumaus

    hes in line with the grass patch in the middle of the streets left end.

  • Detective Kitty

    i spotted him right away I still think though that he has immense talent…

  • At first I thought you were just pulling our leg and posting a blank street…I see him now! Very good!

  • Skyler

    You can tell he is at the 10 symbol it is a lighter shade of white than all the others on the banner

  • jonathan

    i spot him, but before when i didn’t see his other pictures, i had no idea…..

  • Vivek Deyali

    RED banner…..10th letter 4m the left…he’s there.

  • Quake King

    sooooooooooooo easy i found as soon as i opened the page!

  • Nightowl

    in case u didn’t know, the 10th character means “me or I” which makes it interesting because he is hiding there! ( I know this because my moms Chinese and I go to a Chinese school it’s my second language)

  • BoyInBlue

    easy to notice if you know hes there..

    but if you weren’t looking for him most people wouldn’t give it a second glance

  • NANA

    at first, i thought it was the man dressed in red that was standing in front of the car.

  • Me, Myself, and iPod

    That must take a while!

  • Kai

    I appear to be some sort of new prodigy, i saw him in the first 3 seconds when i only just started looking at these.

  • altason

    i spotted him in a second ;)
    nothing is impossible xd

  • wow!how could u paint ur WHOLE body for just a picture!!!???i would never do that!!well i am a artest a young artest.but i would NEVER IN MY LIFE do that!!!!!it still looks kol though… XD

  • Unicorn Face

    i spotted him before i even looked at the full picture -_-

  • Nikki

    oh gosh i see him now

  • Sexy Erica

    Are you kidding me? That black smudge in the middle of the banner. I figured that out right away.

  • EnterNameHere

    I’ve seen him before, hes awesome!

  • jorjeea

    I found him easily.

  • Ian

    I think they weren’t aiming toward complete invisibility, because if they were, it would be just a picture of that place with the title “The invisible man”.

  • BEN


  • riley

    see him

  • Lulahoop

    One of the best yet by him I’d say :)

  • some one

    He’d make an awesome cop

  • Jumpingchi

    I actually thought I spotted him standing in the center of the character located at the top of the 4th “tower” (top, right quadrant of the photo)

  • Lynda

    where he’s standing the chars are whiter than the rest of the banner. I didnt spot this at first. I actually spotted his legs right away. Nice!

  • prawar

    i spotted him instantly and u said he’s “Impossible yo locate”

  • prawar


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