Zhang Kechun (CN)

Image: Zhang Kechun,[煤场里的佛像], from the series [Yellow River]. Courtesy the artist

Image: Zhang Kechun,煤场里的佛像, from the series Yellow River. Courtesy the artist

Zhang Kechun lives and works in Chengdu, China. Zhang’s first series The Yellow River documents the effects of modernisation along the third longest river in Asia. His second series, Between the Mountains and the Water, continued to explore the relationship between the people and land on which they live and work.


Zhang Kechun won the National Geographic Picks Global Prize in 2008, the Daylight Photo Award and the Arles Photo Festival Discovery Award in 2014. He was nominated by the Three Shadow Photo Award in 2012, Sony World Photography Awards in 2012 and 2013, and by the Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie in 2014. His works have been collected internationally by many other museums and private collectors from the USA, France, Germany, Japan and China such as Chinese Image and Video Archive in Canada, Williams College Museum of Art, USA and the China Central Academy of Fine Arts.

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