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Shanghai / 中文

Liqi

October 10, 2011

One of Shanghai's most iconic portrait photographers talks to Satellite Voices

  • Text by Karchun Leung

As one of the most famous fashion and portrait photographers in China, Liqi has worked with the likes of Vogue China, Marie Claire China, and Modern Weekly. Liqi has a masculine style to himself and his work. He is a very straightforward person and definite one to watch, on an international scale.

Satellite Voices: When did you start taking photos?
Liqi: I actually started with wedding photos in 1997, becoming a commercial photographer at 2003, then doing a lot of fashion shoots for magazines and advertising. I become a photographer just because I love taking pictures.

SV: How would you describe you photo style?
Liqi: I like doing black and white portraits, and I like the “Da Xiang Wu Xing” concept from Laozi.

SV: What are you shooting most?
Liqi: People.

SV: Is photography a way of documenting or creating something?
Liqi: Most of the time it is a way for documentation, I do not dare say that I am a creator, Da Vinci was a true creator. And the whole idea of photography is actually based on documenting.

SV: Is there anything you have always wanted to shoot but still haven't yet?
Liqi: There are so many, I can't tell you all.

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