Zhang Kechun, is a Chinese photographer, born in 1980 in Sichuan province.
He was interested in art since his young age and discovered a passion for photography in high school.
His first project, The Yellow River is inspired by the novel River of the North written by Zhang Chengzhi. Attracted by the powerful words in this novel, Zhang Kechun decided to take a walk along the Yellow River to experience and feel the father-like broad and wide brought from this river. The artist targeted to find the root of his soul : « while along the way, the river from my mind was inundated by the stream of reality. The river, which once was full of legends, has gone and disappeared. »
Through his work, Zhang Kechun wants to believe that nature and human beeings will together preserve the river. This collection shows also the drift of our materialistic society that pushes us to consume always more and more. But would possess more drive us to happiness?
For the photographer, nevertheless, as a vast country with a strong history, its future is always bright. There is a descent in the matrix; there is her own nutrition to feed her babies; there is the power of creation to cultivate them strongly. The weak moaning finally will be drowned by the shout for joy. From this point of view, it seems, all shall be optimistic.
He won the National Geographic Picks Global Prize in 2008, was nominated by Three Shadow Photo Award in 2012, nominated by Sony World Photography Awards in 2012 and 2013 and nominated by the Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie 2014. He won the Arles Discovery Award in 2014.
Zhang has been exhibited at Photoquai in Paris, the Beijing Photo Biennale and the Delhi Photo Festival in India. His works have been collected internationally by many museums and private collectors from USA, France, Germany, Japan and China such as the Chinese Image and Video Archive in Canada, Williams College Museum of Arts, USA, and the China Central Academy of Fine Arts.