Born in 1942 in Chongqing, Chinese celebrity photographer Li Shaobai was an editorial board member of magazines such as Popular Photography and Chinese Photography, a visiting professor of Minzu University of China and Nanjing University of Science & Technology, as well as a photographer for magazines, including Chinese National Geography and Civilization.
"In choosing a subject, my first concern is aesthetics. My work is not to present news events or convey knowledge, but to present aesthetic objects. To show a confidence in Chinese culture from the aesthetic point of view, there is no better choice than the Forbidden City of China. It is not only a magnificent piece of architecture, but also representative of Chinese culture. It shows the idea of the unity of man and nature. So I chose to shoot the Forbidden City."