INTERVIEW

08.09.2017

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Born in Shanxi, a coal-mining province in North China, Ya’nan Li now lives and works in Beijing. With his series titled ‘The Festival of Insignificance’, Leica presents outstanding works by the young Chinese street and documentary photographer at Photofairs Shanghai from 8-10 September.

Li, why did you decide to become a photographer?

It’s my passion that led me to be a photographer. I like this form of expression. I sometimes make fun of myself that I can’t do anything else but take pictures.

What has been your favorite photography project you have worked on to date?

My favorite photography project has to be the works from Syria. Due to human factors, it was also the most difficult project to realize, amongst all of my photography endeavors to date.

What is it about the genre of street photography that interests you the most?

What interests me most about street photography is the insight it offers into the state of different people’s everyday life, as well as the ability to add emotion to the images through the photographer’s use of shadow and color rendering.

Find the complete interview on the Leica Blog.
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