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Dispatches from Arles: Kechun Zhang wins Discovery Award 2014

  • Buddha in Coal Yard, Ningxia Province, 2011 © Kechun Zhang

    Buddha in Coal Yard, Ningxia Province, 2011 © Kechun Zhang

  • Man Pumping Water in Wasteland, Ningxia Province, 2011 © Kechun Zhang

    Man Pumping Water in Wasteland, Ningxia Province, 2011 © Kechun Zhang

Chinese photographer Kechun Zhang wins the Discovery Award at the 45th Les Rencontres d'Arles festival in France

Chinese photographer Kechun Zhang is the recipient of this year’s Les Rencontres d’Arles Discovery Award for his project, The Yellow River.

Zhang, who lives and works in Chengdu, China, was awarded the €25,000 prize for his series, which records life along the Chinese river – the second longest in Asia. 

He was one of 10 photographers nominated for the award by five photography experts, and during the opening week professional and press visitors picked Zhang from the shortlist of photographers.

The prize, which has been going since 2002, aims to reward a photographer or an artist using photography “whose work has recently been discovered or deserves to be so”.

Zhang’s work is on display at the Parc des Ateliers in Arles until 21 September, alongside the nine other shortlisted photographers.