People Fishing by the River, Shanxi, from the series The Yellow River, 2012
Inkjet Print, Hahnemühle Super Smooth 305g, Printed in 2017, Artist Proof, 37 ½ x 29 ½, signed in pencil on back
Courtesy of the artist
Zhang Kechun was born in 1980 in Sichuan, China, and started painting when he was a child. He studied art and design and worked as a designer in Chengdu before becoming interested in photography. He won the National Geographic Picks Global Photo Contest in 1998. His first series, The Yellow River, documented the effects of modernization along the second-longest river in Asia, which is also known as Huang He; the series won the 2014 Discovery Award at Les Rencontres d’Arles, France, and was shortlisted for a 2013 Sony World Photography Award. Zhang’s second series, Seascapes, is an homage to Hiroshi Sugimoto’s famous series of the same title.
Working with the agency Most, Zhang also undertakes editorial and advertising commissions. He has been exhibited at Photoquai, Paris, France; the Beijing Photo Biennale, China; and the Delhi Photo Festival, India.