The Yellow River
Zhang Kechun, was born in 1980 in the Sichuan province, China. He now lives and works in Chengdu. 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, nominated by the Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie in 2014, received the 2014 Daylight photo Award and the 2014 Arles Photo Festival Discovery Award. His works were exhibited on 2012 CAFAM-Future Exhibition, 2013 Beijing Photo Biennial, 2013 PHOTOQUAI World Photography Biennale, 2014 Arles Photo Festival, 2014 Beijing +3 Gallery solo exhibition. His works were reported by many medias, such as Time, BBC News, Telegraph Magazine, China Photo Magazine and so on. His works have been collected internationally by many other museums and private Collectors from U.S.A, France, Germany, Japan and China, such as Chinese Image and Video Archive, Canada; Williams College Museum of Arts, USA; CAFA Art Museum, China.
Carrying out this photo project evolved from my inspiration after reading the novel River of the North written by Zhang Chengzhi. Attracted by the powerful words in this novel, I decided to take a walk along the Yellow River to experience and feel the father-like broad and wide brought from there, so that I could find the root of my soul. Being on the way, the river from my mind was inundated by the stream of reality. The river which once was full of legends had gone and disappeared. That is my profound pessimism. Nevertheless, as a vast country with a long 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.