Yang Li and Antoine d’Agata: Too Much But Not Enough

Limited edition of 300 - 23 softcover booklets in individual sleeves, housed in a slipcase



ISBN: 9783969992111 Category:


Those who shine through the darkness are the brightest stars. – Yang Li

Too Much But Not Enough is an avant-garde fashion publication by Yang Li and Antoine d’Agata, consisting of 23 LP album covers and booklets, visceral portraits of 23 women they encountered throughout China. Since launching his eponymous label in 2012, Li has drawn on underground and sub-cultural references to create a darkly romantic aesthetic. For his very first campaign he contacted photographer Antoine d’Agata, and together they shunned professional models, instead taking to the streets where they approached over 300 women from vastly different walks of life to capture their stories in image and word. “There were some really compelling moments,” Li recalls, “and the tears and anguish you see in the images are totally real.” The photographs vibrate with a confronting physicality; while the intimate texts, transcripts of the subjects’ own voices, touch on themes of self-knowledge and beauty, love and disillusion, personal freedom and social constraint. The volumes are housed in a slipcase that has been distressed by hand with tape—a final expression of the individualist, counter-culture spirit of the project.

Additional information

Weight 5064 g
Dimensions 32.5 x 32 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 2 January 2024
Number of pages 276
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 32.5 x 32 cm
Weight 5064 g


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Born in 1987 in Beijing, Yang Li is a fashion designer based in London and member of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode in Paris. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, London, Li launched his own label in 2012. In 2013 he received the Elle Style Award as Chinese designer of the year and in 2014 he was a finalist for the LVMH Prize and ANDAM Prize. In 2021 Li was appointed creative director of the Chinese fashion house Shang Xia.

Born in Marseille in 1961, Antoine d'Agata is a photographer and film director, and since 2008 a full member of Magnum Photos. Moving to New York in 1990, he studied at the International Center of Photography under Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. D'Agata's books include De mala muerte (1998), Mala Noche (1998) and winner of the Niépce Prize Home Town (2001). Among his films are Le Ventre du Monde (The World's Belly) (2004) and Aka Ana (2008).