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60 Surrealist Photography Examples

From Animal-Faced Portraiture to Whimsical Wonderland Imagery

— August 27, 2014 — Art & Design
Following in the footsteps of famed artists like Salvador Dali and Renee Magritte, these surrealist photography examples play with their viewer's perception. Since photography's inception, artists have aimed to create surreal and whimsical images that can capture emotion and fantasy simultaneously.

These whimsical photo examples bring fantastical and conceptual themes to life and pay tribute to art greats that paved the way for a variety of image techniques many take for granted today.

Standouts from this list of surrealist photography examples range from the artful to the fashion-related. Memorable picks include artist Jesse Draxler's fragmented collages. The artist layers together images to create textural compositions and has had his work featured in countless publications.

Another example includes graphic designer Larissa Haily Aguado's mixed media pieces that merge human body silhouettes with the faces of household pets.
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Monochromatic Surrealist Photography
Monochromatic Surrealist Photography
Guy Cohen's Shadows & Shapes Create Thought-Provoking Photos
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Object-Replaced Human Photography
Object-Replaced Human Photography
Read Set Go by Frauke Thielking is Industriously Surreal
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Illusionary Chromatic Captures
Illusionary Chromatic Captures
The Sehnsucht Chaos Editorials Displays Unconventional Accessories
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Surreal Sinister Captures
Surreal Sinister Captures
The Ajani Photography Series is Eery
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Vivid Tribalism Photography (UPDATE)
Vivid Tribalism Photography (UPDATE)
Marie Rime's Armures Image Series Embraces Ethnic Motifs
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Prehistoric Surrealist Photography
Prehistoric Surrealist Photography
Photographer David Niles Superimposed His Son in Odd Situations
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Surrealist Monochromatic Photography
Surrealist Monochromatic Photography
Osheen Harruthoonyan Created Hauntingly Blurry Pictures
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51
Surrealist Photo Manipulations
Surrealist Photo Manipulations
Artist Martin De Pasquale Creates Bizarre Images with Photoshop
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50
Surrealist 60s Editorials
Surrealist 60s Editorials
The Ground Magazine's Being Extraordinary Story Channels Dali's Works
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Giant Paperclip Sunglasses
Giant Paperclip Sunglasses
Doktor A's H.R. Giger Glasses are Inspired by Illuminatus II
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Digital Dali-Like Depictions
Digital Dali-Like Depictions
Stefano Bonazzi Creates Contemporary Surreal Imagery Using Computers
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Warped Portrait Projects
Warped Portrait Projects
Artist David Szauder Created These Unusual Portraits
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Superimposed Human Landscapes
Superimposed Human Landscapes
Antonio Mora Manipulates Images to Create Modern Surrealism Artworks
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Surrealistic Monochromatic Photography
Surrealistic Monochromatic Photography
Mads Perch's Work Perfectly Captured Monochrome Surrealism
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Conceptual Surrealism Editorials
Conceptual Surrealism Editorials
The Persistence of Memory: A Tribute to Dali Photoshoot is Artful
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Surrealist Minimalism Editorials
Surrealist Minimalism Editorials
The Deconstructing Yves K. Image Series is Artfully Bold
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Highly Detailed Hyperphotos
Highly Detailed Hyperphotos
Jean-Francois Rauzier Captures a Surrealist High-Res World
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Conceptually Fragmented Collages
Conceptually Fragmented Collages
Jesse Draxler's Captivating Imagery Layers Opposing Compositions
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Architectural Surrealism
Architectural Surrealism
'The Surreal House' at The Barbican Explores Two Unlikely Themes
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Surreal Personality Portraits
Surreal Personality Portraits
Manuel Archain Renders a Curious Collection of Bizarre Characters
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Surrealist Summer Spreads
Surrealist Summer Spreads
The Diane Von Furstenberg SS12 Campaign Channels Salvador Dali
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Modern Surrealism Catalogs
Modern Surrealism Catalogs
Gustaaf Wassink Fronts Carven's Latest Menswear Lookbook
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Salvador Surrealist Shoots
Salvador Surrealist Shoots
The Alex Dunstan Hedi Slimane Spread Evokes Dali
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Surreal Chateau Captures
Surreal Chateau Captures
Miss Aniela Snaps Photographs in Dungeons and Cellars
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Handmade Surrealist Photography
Handmade Surrealist Photography
Csilla Klenyanszki Takes a Natural Approach to Her Quirky Sets
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Baroque Surrealism Editorials
Baroque Surrealism Editorials
The Hand Crafted ODDA Magazine Photoshoot Embodies Opulence
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Surreal Self-Portraiture
Surreal Self-Portraiture
Korean Photographer Ahn Sun Mi Creates a Poetic Pictorial
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Surrealist Magazine Covers
Surrealist Magazine Covers
Beth Ditto Says 'Kiss This!' on Dazed & Confused
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Surrealist Activewear Campaigns
Surrealist Activewear Campaigns
These RIG Utility Clothing Advertisements are Fantastical
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Surrealist Eyewear Ads
Surrealist Eyewear Ads
The Kenzo Accessories Fall/Winter 2012 Campaign is Artfully Bold
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Subtle Avant-Garde Editorials
Subtle Avant-Garde Editorials
The Tar Magazine 'Onirique' Photoshoot Stars Laetitia Casta
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Surreally Reversed Portraits
Surreally Reversed Portraits
Photographer Malin Bergman Confuses What is Back to Front
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Wanderering Surrealist Photography
Wanderering Surrealist Photography
Julie De Waroquier Creates Dreamy Captures
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Surreal Digitalized Photography
Surreal Digitalized Photography
'Misty Mountains' Contributor Magazine Showcases Futuristic Work
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Soaring Surrealist Photographs
Soaring Surrealist Photographs
Gyermán Petra is a Young Photographer Who Allows Girls to Soar
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Silver Screen Illusion Shoots
Silver Screen Illusion Shoots
These Fabio Costi Photographs Will Have You Questioning Reality
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Merging Surrealist Photography
Merging Surrealist Photography
Photographer Thomas Barbéy Creates a World All of His Own
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Conceptual Surrealism Campaigns
Conceptual Surrealism Campaigns
The Kenzo Fall/winter 2013/2014 Advertorial is Artfully Conceived
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Animal Head Fashion Collages
Animal Head Fashion Collages
The Larissa Haily Aguado Mixed Media Pieces are Comical
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Vanguard Surrealism Tributes
Vanguard Surrealism Tributes
The Spanish Harper’s Bazaar November 2012 Issue Embodies Retro
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Illusionary Sportswear Ads
Illusionary Sportswear Ads
The Insight Autumn 2013 Campaign is Inspired by Surrealism
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Absurdist Film Mocking Photography
Absurdist Film Mocking Photography
Tom Feiler Captures Picture Perfect Chaos in Surrealist Shots
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Illusionary Beauty Editorials
Illusionary Beauty Editorials
The Nonsens TUSH Image Series Plays with Perception
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Beguiling Surrealist Photography
Beguiling Surrealist Photography
Vitaliy Kliushkin Provides an Alternate Reality in His Work
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Vibrant Poptography
Vibrant Poptography
The Vivid Fashiontography of Mi-Zo Explodes With Color
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Two-Faced Fashiontography
Two-Faced Fashiontography
The Vogue Paris March 2011 Spread is Surreal and Eccentric
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Believable Surrealist Photos
Believable Surrealist Photos
Robby Cavanaugh Creates Surrealism Scenes with Realistic Elements
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Surreal Actor Editorials
Surreal Actor Editorials
The Daniel Radcliffe Flaunt Magazine Cover Story is Artfully Bold
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Oriental Surrealism Editorials
Oriental Surrealism Editorials
The Net a Dong FTV Indochina Fashion Story Plays With Perception
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Surrealist Fantasy Photography
Surrealist Fantasy Photography
Photographer Joel Robinson Creates a Self Made Fairy Tale Reality
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Surrealist Fashion Advertising
Surrealist Fashion Advertising
The 'Viva Vena' Video Provokes Intrigue in the Vena Cava Line
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Dark Surrealistic Ads
Dark Surrealistic Ads
Diesel Spring Summer 2009 Campaign
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Floating Photos
Floating Photos
Visionary Photographer Geof Kern Creates Dreamlike Realities
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Surreal Emotive Female Photography
Surreal Emotive Female Photography
These Beautiful Portraits Were Captured by Igror Burba
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Strange Surrealist Photography
Strange Surrealist Photography
The Distinctively Peculiar Work of Ben Goossens
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Realistically Surreal Photography
Realistically Surreal Photography
Photographer Eva O’Leary Captures the Magic in Everyday Life
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Absurd Abstract Photography
Absurd Abstract Photography
Dream Sequence by Madame Peripetie is Perplexing
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Surrealist Fashion Collages
Surrealist Fashion Collages
These Anton Bundenko and Jenya Vyguzov Artworks Merge Two Mediums
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