Zhang Xiao was born in 1981 in Yantai city, Shandong province, China,
Zhang Xiao graduated from the Department of Architecture and Design at Yantai University in 2005.
Before becoming a photography artist in 2009, he was a photojournalist for Chongqing Morning Post. Zhang won the Three Shadows Photography Award in 2010 with They series. He also received the second Hou Dengke Documentary Photography Award in 2009,