Zhang Kechun’s photographs reflect the calm and empathy with which the artist approached his subject: the idea of ​​an initiatory journey born from the reading of Zhang Chengzi’s poem River of the North. Zhang Kechun traveled for two years through different regions from the River Estuary in Shandong Province to his source in the Bayan Har Mountains.

His style strongly inspired by the traditional representation of the landscape combined with an objective photographic approach, human traces are still visible, the omnipresent urbanization and industrial development has reached the most remote rural areas.

Its palette includes the yellowish hues of the Loess Plateau and the deep blacks of the extractive industries that pollute the soil without respite. Slightly saturated details sometimes highlight unexpected appearances in abandoned and ghostly places, offering poetic and almost surreal nuances to the shot. Here the impact of man on changing landscapes, strangely coexist with the nostalgic and static image of the great river.

Zhang Kechun was born in Xi’an in 1980, China. He currently lives and works in Chengdu.

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    Born in 1980, in Bazhong, Sichuan Province, China.
    Works and lives in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.


    Chinese Image and Vedio Archive, Canada
    Williams College Museum of Arts, USA
    CAFA Art Museum, China


    Where the River Bends, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
    Zhang Kechun: New Work, Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London, UK
    Yellow Ricer of China, Wanda Hollensteiner Gallery, The Wright Museum at Beloit College, Wisconsin, USA

    Zhang Kechun – Between the Mountains and Water, La Galerie Paris 1839, Hong Kong
    Zhang Kechun, Huxley-Parlour, London, UK
    Zhang Xiao & Zhang Kechun, Double Solo Exhibitions, Aki Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

    The Yellow River solo Exhibition, La Galerie Paris 1839, Hong Kong
    The Metaphorical River, 10 Corso Como, Shanghai, China

    The Yellow River, Three shadows +3 gallery, Beijing, China


    Bangkok Art Biennale, Bangkok, Thailand
    China Imagined, Breda Photo 2020, Grote Kerke (Big Church), Breda, Netherlands
    Les flots écoulés ne reviennent pas à leur source, Abbaye de Jumièges, France

    Art Xiamen 2019, Three Shadows +3 Gallery, Xiamen, China
    Photo London 2019, Huxley-Parlour, London, UK
    The Photography Show 2019, Huxley-Parlour, Birmingham, New York, USA
    Beijing Contemporary 2019, Beijing, China
    Golden Panda Photography Awards 2019 Exhibition, Chengdu Contemporary Image
    Museum, Chengdu, China

    The Photography Show 2018, Huxley-Parlour, Birmingham, UK
    Seoul Photo Festival 2018, Brave New World, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
    Social Geography: Ten Journeys with a camera, Shanghai Center of Photography, Shanghai, China
    Working on History – Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Cultural Revolution, Museum of Photography, Berlin, Germany
    Mountain Water River Lake: New Media Art Exhibition, Luozhongli Art Museum, Chengdu, China
    Paesaggi Critici, Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Palermo, Italy

    FotoFest – International Discoveries VI, Silver Street Studios, Houston, USA
    Fine Art Asia 2017, La Galerie Paris 1839, Hong Kong
    he Photography Show 2017, AIPAD, Robert Mann Gallery, Birminghan, UK
    Art Central 2017, La Galerie Paris 1839, Hong Kong
    Working on History, SMB, Museum of Photography, Berlin, Germany
    DongGang International Photo Festival, DongGang Photo Museum, Korea
    Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
    Fotográfica Bogotá2017, FOTOMUSEO National Museum of Photography in Colombia,
    Bogota, Colombia
    Chinese Contemporary Photography, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Beetles + Huxley, Photo London 2016, Huxley-Parlour, London, UK
    Daegu Photo Biennale Repositioned Personal, Daegu, South Korea
    Start Ching Conceptual Space, Blue Roof Art Museum, Chengdu, China
    London Art Fair, Islington Business Design Centre, London, UK

    The Photographers 2015, Huxley-Parlour, London, UK
    Art Souterrain, Montreal, Canada
    Dunhuang—Song of Living Beings, Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, China
    Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, France
    The Photographers 2015, Osborne Samuel gallery, London, UK

    09 years since the new photography in China, The Wuhan Museum of Art, Hubei, China
    Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France
    Lianzhou Foto Festival, Lianzhou, China
    Contemporary Photography in China 2009-2014, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
    The yellow river, Three shadows +3 gallery, Beijing, China

    The 4th edition of PHOTOQUAI world photography biennale, Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France
    The 6rd L’Iris d’Or Award Exhibition, Somerset House, London, UK
    Collection Exhibition, 1st Beijing Photo Biennial, The China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China
    Delhi International Photography Festival, Delhi, India
    The 5rd Dali International Photography Biennale, Dali, China
    The 6rd LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, USA
    The 3rd Chengdu Multi-dimensional View Photo Exhibition, Fanmate Art Museum, Chengdu, China
    Remote Places, Close Spaces – Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, UK
    The 1rd Future Master Exhibition, Winshare Art Museum, Chengdu, China

    Get It Louder, Sanlitun Village, Beijing, China
    The Interactions – Yixian International Photo Festival, Yixian, China
    The 8rd Angkor Photography Festival, Siem Reap, Kampuchea
    There There – Photographic Exhibition, Cork City, Ireland
    The 4rd Jinan International Photography Biennale, Jinan, China
    CAFAM – Future Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
    Crossover: The 2013 Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition, Three Shadows
    Photography Centre, Beijing

    Right In Front of Your Eyes Exhibition, Chengdu International Photography Center, Chengdu, China
    Southern Documentary Photography Exhibition, Guangdong, China


    Golden Panda Photography Awards, Winner

    Les Rencontres d’Arles Discovery Award, Winner
    Daynight photo awards, Winner
    The Prix HSBC pour la Photographie, Nominated

    Sony World Photography Awards, Nominated

    Sony World Photography Awards, Nominated

    National Geographic Picks Global, Winner


    The Yellow River, Ilford Archiva Prestige

    Contemporary Chinese Photographer and Cultural Revolution, Kerber Bielefeld Berlin