Since 2005, Feng Li constantly nourishes his single and unique series, “White Night”, inspired by the spectacle of everyday life in his hometown of Chengdu (south of China) and his daily wanderings through a booming Chinese society, which the photographer captures in its extravaganza and accidental poetry. Transposing a style honed by China’s reality to a city like Paris was not self-evident. Yet one can recognize Feng Li’s unique eye and taste for the bizarre in his new series “White Night in Paris”, which was shot over three trips to the French capital between 2017 and 2019. While discovering the city like a complete stranger, unable to
communicate with its inhabitants, the artist grasped places and moments that are familiar to all Parisians in a very direct manner, far from the clichés usually attached to the City of Light. Tourists, protests, fun fairs… Bastille Day, France’s FIFA World Cup victory, Paris Fashion Week… Pigalle’s adult bars, the Seine quays, the café terraces… All these commonplaces are unveiled in a new light by the sharp-eyed street photographer. Enigmatic faces and surreal silhouettes can be found just around the corner. Mystery lies beneath the ordinary.
Read our interview with Feng Li