Li Hui is a young Chinese photographer based in Shanghai, China. She graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2003.
Contemporary artist, she started photography after receiving her first silver camera in 2009, fascinated by double exposure. Eager to understand how magic works and eager to learn more, she became a self-taught photographer. Her interest in photography is experimentation, which she believes inspires creativity.
"The character of an artist is inevitably reflected in his own work," Li Hui tells i-D. The photographer describes herself as "relatively shy" and while her work captures moments of intimacy, these are moments that most of us don't notice: limbs fleetingly embraced against a background of rumbling sheets, the buttocks of a teenager exposed to sunlight, bodies visible through steaming shower doors, fingers suggestively placed in ripe fruit and flawless leaves. Hui's spectacular eye for light makes each vignette - she is deeply inspired by the cinema - more spontaneous, as if it had only existed for a few seconds. "I think that because I have less contact with society than most people encounter in their daily lives," Hui continues, "I'm more sensitive to the small details and little things that are often ignored. One thing you won't see in Hui's golden stream of Instagram photos are people's faces, verifying what introverts have known for ages: you don't need eye contact to establish intimacy, and it can even serve only as a distraction. Hui's anonymous approach also makes sense from the point of view of her subjects: they are the photographer's friends, and it is often the same people who appear in each photo.
Li Hui has presented her work in various art exhibitions mainly in China, USA and Europe.
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