Taipei Fine Arts Museum has shared the work of renowned Taiwanese photographer Li Mingdiao with HKFP.

‘Ferry Station,’ Li Ming-diao, 1950, 29.5x24cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

Li was most active during the 1930s to 50s and is known for his intimate shots of life among local Taiwanese communities.

‘Small Band Playing at a Shop’s Opening,’ Li Ming-diao, 1946, 28.5×23.5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

Born in Taipei City, Li studied watercolour painting at Lingnan School of Arts before transitioning into photography.

‘Huahsi Street (Wanhwa)-1,’ Li Ming-diao, 1954, 24.5×29.5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

Along with photographers Chang Tsai and Deng Nan-guang, he established himself as one of the forefathers of domestic photography during the dawn of the martial law period in Taiwan.

‘Selling Ice-Cream,’ Li Ming-diao, 1948, 23.5×18.5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

The trio was collectively known as the “three swordsmen.”

‘Taipei Train Station,’ Li Ming-diao, 1947, 23.5×28.5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

In 1948, he held his first solo photography exhibition in Taiwan following the Japanese occupation.

‘The New Beitou Station,’ Li Ming-diao, 1950, 23x23cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

In 1951, he founded a monthly photography magazine called the “Art of Photography Monthly.”

‘The Office of the President,’ Li Ming-diao, 1949, 5x5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

His work focuses on the harmony between people and landscapes.

‘Town Gate,’ Li Ming-diao, 1948, 5x5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.
‘Precinct near Yuanshan,’ Li Ming-diao, 1947, 5x5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.
‘Zhongshan Bridge, Taipei,’ Li Ming-diao, 1947, 5x5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.
‘Taipei Bridge,’ Li Ming-diao, 1947, 5x5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.
‘Chief Mao with Two Princesses from the Sun-Moon Lake,’ Li Ming-diao, 1948, 50.8×40.6. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.
‘Shepherd boys,’ Li Ming-diao, 1947, 43.8×51. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.
‘Thoughts Created While Facing the Wind,’ Li Ming-diao, 1948, 50.8×40.6cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.
‘An Hundred Year Old Man,’ Li Ming-diao, 1948, 50.8×40.6. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.
‘Scene of a Village,’ Li Ming-diao, 1947, 50.8×40.6cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.
‘Seaside at Shalun, Tamsui,’ Li Ming-diao, 1948, 23.5x18cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.
‘Store,’ Li Ming-diao, 1947, 5.2×5.2cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.
‘Urchins (Simes Elementary School, Taipei),’ Li Ming-diao, 1953, 39.5×49.5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.
‘Woman at the Ferry Station,’ Li Ming-diao, 1950, 34.5×24. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

Visit the Taipei Fine Arts Museum’s website to see more of Li’s work. See their Facebook and Instagram for further collections.

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