My name is Guannan Li and I am a photojournalist and documentarian based in Berlin, Germany. My work has taken me from Dungan tribes in Central Asia to shamans in South Korea and product queens in Germany. I am interested in stories that show the many ways in which people make sense of this world; this could be a long-term coming of age story about a hobbyhorsing teenager, or an adventure assignment on cyclists racing through the Kyrgyz wilderness. I like exploring introspection as well as anything that is considered obscure and overlooked. 
The words of the late John O’Donohue resonate here: “It’s strange to be here, the mystery never leaves you.”

Format and length may vary but the reportage is close to my heart.
As is the call of a good meal in a distant place.
I also like music, horror and sci-fi as well as cooking and creating recipes.

My work “Brothers”, on young Ukrainian refugees forging a new life in Berlin is currently exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London as part of Taylor Wessing portrait prize.

You can drop me a few lines here. 


For documentary projects, please visit my collective
where we share beautiful stories with a focus on food and the Asian diaspora 

Please also visit our donation project Prints For India’, a photo fundraiser in support of India’s most vulnerable during the Covid crisis.

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