Chin Yuan Ke was born in a remote region in Changhwa County, Taiwan, and in 1980, began his career as a field researcher. He was initially assigned to conduct and collect information on Taiwan’s incredible natural resources, from the habitats of Yushan Mountain to the marine life of Green Island and Lanyu Island. Through his lens, images of costal erosion, forest preservation, and ecological exploitation were captured and recorded. The more footage he had of Taiwan’s ever-changing landscape, the more Ke wanted to protect its magestic beauty with his camera.
From 1987 onwards, Ke became a full-time photojournalist, and eventually a documentary filmmaker. His mission was simple: to educate the public on conservation by reporting on the good, bad, and the ugly. In total, he has accumulated over 18 documentaries, 400 in-depth video coverages, and 200,000 images on Taiwan’s geological terrain over the past 30 years. His name is linked to over 70 regional and international photojournalism and documentary film awards.