These clever photos show how much people look like their parents

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Photographer Bobby Neel Adams (left) and his father, Mack.
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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Photographer Bobby Neel Adams always thought he looked like his mother from nose down and his father from nose up.

He explored this question – the ways people look like their parents – in a photo series called “Family Tree.” Starting more than two decades ago, he used analog photography techniques, lining up two portraits torn down the middle and attaching them with rubber cement.

“This composite photograph could be viewed as an eerie life-map: in fact, the montage of two different family members is sometimes mistaken for a montage of the same person at different stages of life,” Adams wrote about the series.

After seeing a few works by Adams in a new book, “Photoviz,” we collected images from two of his series: “AgeMaps” and “Memento Mori,” which is being shown in Brooklyn through October 30. Below are some images from “Family Tree.”


Bernadette (47) and Alec (14)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Amy (41) and Audrey (4)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Arthur (94) and Carol (66)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Nancy (63) and Dorothy (87)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Bob (72) and Mike (42)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Greg (46) and Isaac (7)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Hayden (7) and Matt (27)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

John (41) and Ronald (69)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Karin (38) and Natalya (10)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Sarah (45) and Mary (79)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Russell (77) and Greg (46)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Sarah (45) and Isabelle (11)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Walter (84) and Andy (50)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Wendy (60) and Liza (23)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Oliver (4) and Beth (36)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”

Mike (42) and Evan (8)

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Bobby Neel Adams, “Family Tree”