About the Author
Over the years as a Creative Director in advertising, SongLi (as he is known in Mandarin) has worked for major agencies in America, Japan, and China. From this experience he decided to follow his own passion for photography, driven by an active imagination. His unique visual focus is noted for its emphasis on the power and emotion of details even in the most simple subjects. SongLi received further recognition for his creative talent when he became the first foreigner to win multiple awards, including Best of Show, at the Dalian International Photographic competition. His images of Dalian continue to earn acclaim as traveling exhibits and in global photo contests. The commercial success of SongLi's pictures has also helped introduce the world to this uniquely historic Chinese city in Northeast China. His iconic photography has become the hallmark representation of Dalian city and its population. In addition, SongLi is acknowledged by the Dalian Municipal Government and the city's creative industry as a resident foreign expert. He has also publicly earned the title of "ZhongGuo Tong" (a foreigner who knows about China and lives like a local citizen, literally "China understands").