Product Design / Mobile Photography



Mobile Photography

Photography is a big part of my life. I am fascinated by lights, street photography and urban scenes. I love taking photos with my smartphone because it is so simple and I believe the best camera is the one that’s with you.

I began my photography journey thanks to Instagram in January 2012. Since then I captured moments and memories around my city and adventures. I love to play with new point of view and always look for new perspectives. I am very honored my photos took part in the winners list of the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards and my time-lapse video was featured for Apple World Gallery in 2015.

Please find my photos on Instagram and VSCO Grid


Honors & Awards


1st Place Winner in Series2nd Place in Sunset Category - 11th iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS)


2nd Place in Seasons Category - 9th iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA)

Mobile Finalist -  13th Annual Photo Contest

5 Nominees in Street Photography, Cityscape, Architecture & Photomanipulation category - FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 16/17

Honorable Mentions - 6th Annual Mobile Photography Awards (MPA)


1st Place Winner, 'Blizzard Days' - 5th Annual Mobile Photography Awards (MPA)

'Shot on iPhone 6 by Cocu L.' - Chosen for Apple World Gallery

1st Place Winner in the Mobile Category and 11:00 Hour Runner-up2015 CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year

Shortlist, ‘Streets of the World’ - Mira Mobile Prize

Honorable Mentions - 8th iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA)


1st Place Winner in Seasons, 2nd Place in Trees, Others, 3rd Place in Architecture Category - 7th iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA)

Honorable Mentions - 4th Annual Mobile Photography Awards (MPA)

Shortlist - ‘Urban Life’, Life Framer

Exhibitions & Lectures


Apple Talk - ‘Urban Photography on iPhone’, Apple Store, North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

Mira Mobile Prize 2015 - ‘Street of the World’, Mira Forum Gallery, Porto, Portugal

The EyeEm World Tour, Soho House Toronto, Canada

The EyeEm World Tour, OPENHOUSE Gallery, New York


‘Poetics of Light’, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon

The EyeEm World Tour, NUMA, San Francisco, California

The EyeEm World Tour, Tokyo Institute of Photography, Japan


Selected Publications, Interviews, Features

March 28, 2016 - FILTERGRADE: 19 Cool Street Photographers to Follow on Instagram

June 25, 2015 - RESOURCE: 25 Urban and City Photographers You Should Follow on Instagram

June 19 , 2015 - 500PX ISO: The wonderfully minimal iPhone photography of Cocu Liu

June 01, 2015 - Apple World Gallery: Shoot on iPhone 6 by Cocu L.

May 01, 2015 - Street Dream Magazine Issue. 006

December 26, 2014 - Business Insider: 18 Breathtaking Photos You Won't Believe Were Taken With An iPhone

December 04, 2014 - Sortra: Impressive Photography by Cocu Liu

November 12, 2014 - iPhone Photography School: How Cocu Liu Takes Incredible iPhone Street Photos

August 22, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal (CN): 4 Tips from an iPhoneographers - Cocu L.

June 12, 2014 - The Verge: The most amazing iPhone photos of the year

June 11, 2014 - These Are the Best Photos of the Year