An integral part of the Benrido Atelier’s mission is to support the continuation of the collotype tradition by working with contemporary photographers. The Hariban Award is an annual photography competition that encourages entering artists to reimagine their work through the collotype process.
The 2015 competition was won by celebrated urban landscape photographer Antony Cairns, who was able to spend two weeks working in Kyoto at the Atelier. Three special prize winners, Irene Nelson, Kaoru Seki and Dan Winters, and Master Printers Choice Award Olga Rook were joined by ten photographers (Colin Stearns, David Shannon-Lier, Dana Fritz, Manu Jougla, Paul Thulin, Cedric Friggeri, Tsutomu Yamagata, Tiane Doan na Champassak, Marcia Michael and Albarran Cabrera) receiving honorable mentions. All of these artists have their work included in this limited edition, hand printed collotype portfolio.
The jury was comprised of Michael Hoppen (Gallery Owner, Michael Hoppen Gallery), Amanda Maddox (Assistant Curator, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum), Lucille Reyboz (Co-Founder, Co-Exective Director, KYOTOGRAPHIE) and Tsuyoshi Ito (Program Director, Project Basho/ONWARD).
The culmination of meticulous development and production, the portfolio offers a stunning visual and tactile experience that combines traditional technique with contemporary projects. The 58 page catalogue comes in a limited edition of 80, hand printed on Japanese Gampi & Mitsumata paper. The master printers at Benrido worked closely with the Hariban Award winners to realize a cohesive and affecting portfolio sure to be an integral part of any owners collection.