Wallis and McGrath joined forces professionally and now collaborate on many projects. We take advantage of our diverse backgrounds in news, photojournalism, development work, travel writing and photography to bring exciting and individual stories to clients and readers the world over.
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Li works between the UK, USA and Berlin, Germany.
She previously worked as a media project consultant for Plan, CARE, the International Rescue Committee, the Inter-American Development Bank and other NGO’s in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Togo and Uganda, Li was commissioned as a documentary photographer covering human interest stories in Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Haiti.
She created the Empowerment Through Art program in Africa, providing artistic services to members of vulnerable communities as a means of education, psycho-social care and enriching social and emotional development. Li founded Artfully AWARE, which maintained Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and membership in the Clinton Global Initiative.
Li served on the Board of Directors for The World Affairs Council of New Orleans and gave film and media presentations at the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Annual Conference, Arts in Education program at Harvard University, Peace Corps Uganda Headquarters, International School of Uganda, Syracuse University London Center and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
University of Florida. Gainesville, FL – Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Communications
FSU London Study Center. London, UK – Independent Study in British History and Politics
dBs Film. Berlin, Germany – Film Production HE Certificate
As a freelance photojournalist based in Los Angeles, he covered breaking news including the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, 2008 U.S. presidential election, the Writers Guild of America strike, U.S. subprime mortgage crisis, numerous California wildfires and NASCAR. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and Le Monde among other international publications, and he continues to be represented by Sipa Press Photo Agency based in New York City.
Intrigued by the numerous examples of modernist housing in his adopted home of Los Angeles, he approached leading modernist architect, Cory Buckner, author of A. Quincy Jones (Phaidon Press, 2007), and was offered the lead photographer role in her architecture book Crestwood Hills: The Chronicle of a Modern Utopia (Hennessey & Ingalls, 2015). The book charts the early history of Crestwood Hills – one of the few fully realized postwar cooperative housing projects in the state of California – to contemporary times.
Rounding off several years in the USA, John returned to London to manage and tutor at the exclusive Leica Academy in Mayfair. He was responsible for creating and presenting bespoke and group photography workshops with an emphasis on the legendary Leica M camera – the tool which pioneered modern day photography – to media, VIPs and photographers. He was chosen to launch the digital version of the M camera through a promotional film, and he continues to work closely on assignments for the iconic camera maker.
John has been a regular writer and contributor to Black + White Photography magazine where he wrote his own monthly column, Viewfinder, on the subject of metaphorical and literal photographic journeys which took him to the islands of Madeira, Malta, Bali and the Philippines. His photographic musings led to further written features for The Independent newspaper, Rouleur cycling magazine, Digital Photographer magazine and The Telegraph Online. This caught the attention of Adobe where he is currently an Adobe Partner and member of the Adobe Influencer Program.
John was the stills photographer for Director Andrew Piddington’s latest film Sins Of A Father, starring Lambert Wilson, and produced by Graham Leader (producer of In The Bedroom – nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture in 2002). This unique remake of the original film required the producer to reassemble the key surviving members of the original cast twenty five years after the first film, starring Alan Bates. Sins of a Father premiered at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2015 and has invoked comparisons to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, in the scope of its achievement.
Traveling and working extensively in the USA, John has experienced living on a houseboat in Seattle, a cabin in Maine, a tent in the backwoods of Idaho and a cottage in the canyons of Southern California. A stint as a laboring crew member for the US National Forestry Service, repairing trails without the aid of power tools deep in the wilderness areas of Montana and Idaho, led him to reconsider the relationship between man and the landscape. During this formative experience, he acquired an appreciation of low-impact camping and minimizing the human footprint on the environment. He continues to apply these learnings to his present life on the road.
John currently specializes in script writing and content development for TV shows. His passion project is a 10 part drama miniseries concept he is focused on developing and producing. Additionally, he works as a stills photographer on film sets.
John works between the USA and Europe.
Kent Institute of Art & Design (KIAD). Kent, UK – HND BTEC Advertising & Editorial Photography
Chelsea College of Art & Design. London, UK – Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Public Art & Design