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 2014 competition was won by celebrated landscape photographer Awoiska Van der Molen, who was able to spend two weeks working in Kyoto at the Atelier. Three special prize winners, Antony Cairns, Marco van Duyvendijk and Tenmi Hanagi, were joined by six photographers (Zen Teh, Dongwook Lee, Yutaka Matsubara, Hiroyoshi Inoue, Dana Fritz and Brett Henrikson) receiving honorable mentions. All of these artists have their work included in this limited edition, hand printed collotype portfolio.
The jury was comprised of Simon Baker (Curator of Photography/International Art, Tate Modern), Naoko Ohta (Curator, Gallery 916/Tokyo-Ga Project), Tsuguo Tada (Special Editorial Advisor, Iwanami Shoten) 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 56 page catalogue comes in a limited edition of 150, hand printed on Japanese Gampi & Mitsumata rice 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.