Selected Review


"Maiden Voyage is moving because, like Stein’s poem, it refuses to bow to the squeal of the author’s inner
world. Stein holds on to the slithering tail of language as it just eludes cognitive grasp. Amiko Li draws
together images that are strummed on the harp of one sharp-eared young romantic artist, but whose meaning
together builds odd harmonic overtones as images pile up. This book is the diary of a vision of the world,
not of a person. It is the self-portrayal of a seer." - Tim Davis


"Through the use of subtlety and acute observations, Chinese photographer Amiko Li creates a reticent
narrative in his series “Maiden Voyage”. Though the images give little guidance as to what Li’s exact visual
tale is, the images’ titles give us a piece of the puzzle. It is from these titles that we find the ties to family
and location, which in turn give us a sense of home and displacement. Each photograph serves as a silent
moment between happenings that Li has been able to capture. Some of these captured moments are longer
while others are a split second that he has frozen for the viewer to visually examine. There is a tranquil feel
that comes through in the images that serve as both calming and mysterious.” - Juxtapoz Magazine


"In Maiden Voyage, Amiko Li uses photography, as many do - to make sense of the world he finds himself in.
Moving between the States and his home country of China, Li turns to image-making to make the journeying
easier to manage. His images, ethereal and sensitively shot, possess a quiet poetry, and give a glimpse into
the mind of a young photographer trying to make his way in the world. I love the delicate colours and careful
use of light in this series; there is something about the work - a mystical quality perhaps - that makes me want
to keep looking to see what I might uncover." - Gemma Padley


"Maiden Voyage takes the form of a visual diary made over the past several years, the images exploring the world
around him and human connections within it. His intimate photographs of friends, family, and strangers, as well
as his self-portraits, are mixed with occasional passing observations, the rhythms of the two bringing forward an
incisive set of melancholic emotions. These are pictures consistently filled with quiet separation and interruption,
the recurring dislocation and displacement seen again and again in different forms. While Li’s photographs reveal
few details about people they depict, the pictures capture the nuances of reserved interaction – his portraits are
precise and exactingly composed, the people in his photographs somewhat shy and careful, perhaps mirroring Li’s
own personality. " - Collector Daily


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