Feng Li

White Night


Feng LiFeng Li is the man of one series, White Night, which he has worked on for more than 10 years. All his talent, flair, and technique, are deployed in one and the same work, intimately tied to his daily life. If some practice photography as if it were like hunting, one can say that Feng Li practices it more like calligraphy or morning taichi. Like a sportsman or musician who repeats a movement 100 or 1000 times, Feng Li takes daily pictures in Chengdu. Skilled at shooting very intuitive street photos, he wanders the city, delicately capturing the city’s human fauna in all its incredible postures.

His photos tend to show chance encounters with an improbable cast of reality, its shopping streets, parks and restaurants. It seems that Feng Li is most at ease at close range rather than going on distant adventures, and it is almost in spite of himself that strange creatures find themselves stuck on his view finder. Feng Li has an eye only for the everyday and it is without effort that he discovers the most unusual scenes of the ordinary spectacle of life. Starlets in mini skirts, old ladies in fake fur, aimless street sleepers, a multicoloured parrot, he pins down unique characters who all, in their own ways, seem to play a part in the great fiction of ordinary life.

Feng Li (b.1971, Chengdu, China)

Born in Chengdu, Feng Li is a graduate of Chinese medicine who practices photography both as a civil servant for the provincial Department of Communication and as an independent. The photos of Feng Li are like a series of fortuitous encounters with an unlikely cast of reality. In an interview he commented: “It is the mystery of the darkness and the shadows that attracts me, like an insect to a bulb.” Originally shooting in black and white the same series White Night is shot in flashy colour nowadays. It was published very successfully by Jiazazhi in 2017 followed by attention worldwide and a residence in Paris in 2020.

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