Rain, 2008

My first love was drawing.
Since childhood, I’ve always painted and scribbled in sketchbooks.
Over time, the sketchbooks became photo diaries... 


Georgia ic25


Arc’teryx x Nicole McLaughlin


Nicole McLaughlin and I hung out for three days straight.
She showed me her work process in her Brooklyn studio and then we drove to her childhood home in the same town where the Sopranos was filmed.
In true Italian fashion, her mom made us soup for lunch.
It was amazing. 

Lexie Smith at Sky High Farms for MOLD Magazine


Hancock Shaker Village for MOLD Magazine

We (my assistant and I) drove to Western Masschusetts to photograph a former commune. I’ve never lived on a commune, not sure if I want that many roommates. Western Massachusetts seems to be the place for tight-knit communities. In this day and age, community is important. Communities are like gardens. When everyone thrives, everyone wins. Anyway, what were the Shakers? Something like the Quakers except they “danced” when they got together for religious worship. It felt like I stepped back in time, into a portal, a different world. The technological innovations that the Shakers left is what really interested me. You ever see a circular-shaped stone barn? Insane. I asked a lot of questions to the museum director. I got close to the garden and noticed poppy plants. Did you know that if you cut a fresh poppy pod, it oozes a milky substance called sheera? Did you know that if you tilt a dried poppy pod, poppy seeds come out? Funny to see the origins of poppy seeds. I will never look at a poppy seed bagel the same way.


Lysergic acid diethylamide and psilocybin mushrooms


The New Yorker


H(OUR) Objects

Snail Mail for The FADER

I photographed Lindsey Jordan when she was 17 years old. She is bright, talented and exudes a youthful vibrancy. Her music is highly emotional and mature. When I met her in Greenpoint, she was conscious of her own image as a woman. We talked about feminism, growing up too fast, being on the road and the chaotic maze that springs upon you while striving to do what you love to do. Two hours flew by but within those two hours, Lindsey stood still for me.

en route

Amy is a photographer, artist.
Based in New York City

Select clients
Academy of Natural Sciences, Arc’teryx, Atmos, BARRON’S, Bloomberg Businessweek, C41, Casio, The FADER, Georgia ic25, Icelandic Provisions, MOLD Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Need Supply, Sony Music Entertainment, SSENSE, Totokaelo, Vagabond

Portfolio PDF available upon request (but you can take a look here too) ︎

© 2022 Amy Li, all rights reserved.













born New York NY, US

Selected Exhibitions

The Family of No Man — Arles Cosmos 2018, Les Rencontres d'Arles — Arles, FR
I Remember You From Last Night — Space Place Gallery of Modern Art — Nizhny Tagil, RU
Visible Range — DELI Gallery — Queens NY, US
Artists for Truth Benefit Exhibition — SpaceCamp Gallery — Baltimore MD, US
I Speak, You Speak — 139 Eldridge St — New York NY, US
5th Annual Contemporary Photography Exhibition — Philadelphia Photo Arts Center — Philadelphia PA, US
Curated by Mary Ellen Mark and Brian Clamp
Made in America, A Native Exhibition — Trust Gallery — Philadelphia PA, US

Selected Publications, Press

YET Magazine - Curating Photography, Issue #11 — Lausanne & Lugano, CH
Der Greif — Artist Feature — Munich, DE
Thisispaper, Magic Mushrooms: Can a 75-year-old Do Psychedelics? — Warsaw, PL
& Premium Magazine: つくりのいいもの、のある生活 ’18秋冬 Issue #59 — Tokyo, JP
Famous Aspect Magazine, Issue #5 — New York NY, US
Der Greif Guest-Room: Curated by Tim Clark — Munich, DE
Paper Journal, Issue #1 — London, UK 
This On That: Interview - Amy Li on the Universe — UK / AUS
Houston Center of Photography: Instagram Takeover — Houston TX, US
VUU Studio, Super Special, Vol 2, Issue 6 — New York NY, US
Der Greif Guest-Room: Curated by Hester Keijser — Munich, DE
The FADER: The Absolute Best Photos of 2017 (in The FADER) — New York NY, US
The FADER: If 2017 was a photo, what would it be? — New York NY, US
Thisispaper: The Essence of Duality — Warsaw, PL
Famous Aspect Magazine, Issue #4 — New York NY, US
PHASES Magazine: Amy Li, Selected Works — Athens, GR


Photography, Bachelor of Fine Arts
University of the Arts — Philadelphia PA, US

Group Affiliations

Diversify Photo
Women Photograph
Authority Collective


Guest Speaker at Young Women's Leadership Program at the United East Athletics Association (UEAA)