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 2017 competition was won by Stephen Gill who was able to spend two weeks working in Kyoto at the Atelier. Four special prize winners, Paul Cupido, Bruno V. Roels, Leticia Ramos & Carly Steibrunn, and Master Printers Choice Award Atsunobu Kohira were joined by six photographers (Philip Le Page, Scheltens & Abbenes, Laura Pannack, Michael Vahrenwald, Edgar Martins & Zeng Ge) 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 Famighetti (Editor Aperture Magazine), RongRong Inri (Founders and directors of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre), Tristan Lund (Owner of Tristan Lund ltd., art consultant, curator and dealer to collectors of photography) and Thyago Nogueira (Photographer, curator and editor of ZUM magazine).
The culmination of meticulous development and production, the catalogue offers a stunning visual and tactile experience that combines traditional technique with contemporary projects. The catalogue comes in a limited edition of 250 copies, hand printed on Japanese Gampi & Mitsumata washi paper. The master printers at Benrido worked closely with the Hariban Award winners to realize a cohesive and affecting catalogue sure to be an integral part of any owners collection.