Beginning his photographic career in the 1990s, Li was awarded The Special Jury Prize by Lianzhou Foto Festival in 2014 with Father and the Motherjones Medal of Excellence in 1999 with The Yi People. Li’s work has been widely exhibited in China and abroad. His work is collected by the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada, Guangdong Museum of Art and Shanghai Art Museum in China, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno in Spain and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in USA.
Li has often experimented with a deliberately subjective approach in his documentary, as it highlights the photographer’s perspective of the subject (Portraits of the Yi and Land of the Yi) or the visual language at play (Landscapes).
Li currently works and lives in Chengdu, China.