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HKFP Lens: Taipei Fine Arts Museum shares the works of renowned Taiwanese photographer Li Ming-diao

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

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‘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.

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‘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.

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‘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.

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‘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.”

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‘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.

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‘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.”

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‘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.

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‘Town Gate,’ Li Ming-diao, 1948, 5x5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

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‘Precinct near Yuanshan,’ Li Ming-diao, 1947, 5x5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

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‘Zhongshan Bridge, Taipei,’ Li Ming-diao, 1947, 5x5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

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‘Taipei Bridge,’ Li Ming-diao, 1947, 5x5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

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‘Chief Mao with Two Princesses from the Sun-Moon Lake,’ Li Ming-diao, 1948, 50.8×40.6. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

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‘Shepherd boys,’ Li Ming-diao, 1947, 43.8×51. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

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‘Thoughts Created While Facing the Wind,’ Li Ming-diao, 1948, 50.8×40.6cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

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‘An Hundred Year Old Man,’ Li Ming-diao, 1948, 50.8×40.6. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

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‘Scene of a Village,’ Li Ming-diao, 1947, 50.8×40.6cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

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‘Seaside at Shalun, Tamsui,’ Li Ming-diao, 1948, 23.5x18cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

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‘Store,’ Li Ming-diao, 1947, 5.2×5.2cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

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‘Urchins (Simes Elementary School, Taipei),’ Li Ming-diao, 1953, 39.5×49.5cm. Photo: Taipei Fine Arts Museum Collection.

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‘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.

HKFP Lens: Taipei Fine Arts Museum shares the works of renowned Taiwanese photographer Li Ming-diao