Varanasi, on the riverbank of Ganges, is the holiest city for Hinduism, attracting hundreds of Hindu pilgrims every day from all parts of India. The fascinating rituals along the riverbank have been extensively photographed by journalists. However, another fascinating part of this city which is often missed by tourists is the daily life of locals inhabiting deeply in the community. Life of the city bursts into activities from all aspects in the early morning and goes on until midnight. Being the oldest continuously inhabited city in India, the daily life in Varanasi is chaotic and colorful, intense and frenetic.
Originally being educated as an engineer, Yan Li received his Ph.D. degree from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX in 2012. In his journeys around the world, Dr. Li focuses on interacting with locals, gaining deep insight into the society, and capturing the fascinating yet vanishing cultures. He shares his photography portfolios to highlight the challenges which our culture diversity is facing during the rapid urbanization and globalization. He is the winner and finalist of various prestigious awards, including the International Photography Awards (IPA), the Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), the Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) and the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.