Cloned Twin Photos of China’s One-Child Policy Children

“Two of Us” is a project started in 2009 by Chinese photographer Fan Shi Shan. It involves cloned photographs of people who grew up as only children due to China’s one-child policy. Fan writes,

The One-child Policy in China restricts the number of children a married urban couple can have to one. In fact, nearly every Chinese born after 1980 in urban, including myself, is only child with no siblings. The policy is enforced at provincial level through fines and other punishments, leaving a result of over 100 million only child in China.

Two of Us by Fan Shi Shan (via

Image credits: Photographs by Fan Shi Shan and used with permission

  • Alistair Cunningham

    Brillant concept…

  • Mako Koiwai

    being an only child worked for me … but I had a big family next door that I was a big part of … nice to be able to go home by myself though. :-)

  • Mansgame

    Forever Arone :(

  • Doug

    Its worse than that. These children will have no aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews or nieces. No family support structure to speak off.

  • Steven Alan Worster

    twins always dress the same…

  • Lenoat702

    I am a only child. I dont see a problem

  • 9inchnail

    I wish I was, my brother and sister are douchebags. But since I am the youngest, one child policy would not have worked in my favor.

  • 9inchnail

    They had to do that to emphasize the “twin-thing” since all asians looke the same for us anyway.

  • 9inchnail

    They don’t need that. The communist party takes care of you.

  • Jenny

    Very awesome :)