Yanjun Zhang, born in 1963 in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, graduated from Navigation Department of People’s Liberation Army Air Force Sixteenth Flight College. He is a senior journalist, photographer and independent producer. He successively held the posts of air force all-weather transport aircraft commander, graphic production technician, military photographer, director of pictorial photography department, photo editor, professional photographer, and so on. Now, Mr. Zhang serves as the president of BOA Center and RevistaRECURSO.
In 1994, he founded the first commercial network picture database of China;
From 1995 to 1997, he photographed portraits for the 109 famous Red Army veterans of the Long March, and edited and published a large-scale collection of photographs, named as Long Marchers. Besides, he held a “Photography Art Exhibition of Red Army Veterans in Long March – China” in Beijing, Shenzhen and other cities;
Since 1998, he has turned from specializing in single character photographing to using photos and dynamic videos to tell stories, and studied the social functions of videos;
After immigrating to Brazil in 2000, he devised a video plan of “Encantos da Cultura”. At the same time, he founded the bilingual (Chinese and Portuguese) magazine RevistaRECURSO with introduction to Chinese and Brazil culture resources as its tenet, and started photographing the first perceptual image records work, Encantos da Cultura – Poemas de Amor do Brasil. This film explored “Brazilian local culture” from the perspective of immigration for the first time with the ethnical culture heritage and its social values as focuses;
In 2001, Mr. Zhang began to try recording images by photo method and brought up the concept of “Photo Movie” and “Perceptual Recording”. This concept gained recognition of the representatives present at the symposium held for Encantos da Cultura – Poemas de Amor do Brasil by University of Sao Paulo in 2009;
In 2002, Mr. Zhang went into the tropical rainforests of South America to explore and photograph the living environment and actual state of Indians; in the same year, he penetrated deeply into the slums in Sao Paulo to record their living conditions;
At the beginning of 2003, Mr. Zhang photographed the documentary film Brazilian Carnival. It was the first time that the Brazilian government allowed a foreigner to independently record the whole Brazilian Carnival. This carnival was planned by Xiao Linjie, the Art Director of RevistaRECURSO. For the first time, “Chinese culture element” was presented in the Brazilian Carnival and its effective implementation directly aroused the pursuit for “Chinese Style” in Brazil, even throughout South America. In March, he led his 3 Brazilian followers to start photographing the documentary film Encantos da Cultura – Poemas de Amor do Brasil during which he independently ventured into the last wetlands in the world – Pantanal and Amazonia with a view to looking for and recording the descendants of the gold washers;
In 2006, he photographed Privileged Land of Mystery in southwest mountainous region of China. Privileged Land of Mystery, the first culture film to introduce the heritage of Chinese national culture, was projected in Brazil and directly drew attention of Brazilians to Chinese culture heritage. In the same year, Mr. Zhang went into the deep Atlantic Ocean by a fishing ship to record ancient fishing ways of Indians and spent a long time in staying at Atlantic beaches to study fusion and change of immigrant culture;
In 2007, Mr. Zhang led the “Delegation of Brazilian-Chinese Folk Culture Exchange Messengers” to visit China. The delegation was made up of the Culture Ministry of Brazil, the Movie and Telefilm Worker Union, Carnival Samba School, TV reporters and photographers. During the visit, the delegation held “Flavio Santos Bacellar – Amazon Ecological Photo Exhibition” respectively in Nanning and Liuzhou. In addition, “Encantos da Cultura” was expanded from a “video plan” to a “Sino-Brazilian Culture Communication Plan”.
In 2009, he held the video culture exhibition Encantos da Cultura – Poemas de Amor do Brasil and photographed Raízes Chinesas, with the humanities in Chinese territory as the main clue, explained the “root” of Chinese national culture through perceptual video descriptions of iconic elements.