Deadline: 30 June 2020. Presented by Benrido Atelier, the Hariban Award combines a 160-year-old analogue technique with the new vision of digital-age photography. Professionals and amateurs alike are invited to submit black and white photographs for a chance to win this remarkable award.
Collotype, a printing process developed in France approximately 160 years ago, a printing technique invented during the dawning era of alternative process and printing. The distinctive merit of its continuous tone, which makes it capable of minute expressions, and its archival ability, have been used as a reproduction technique for the preservation, exhibition and research of Japanese cultural assets since its introduction in Japan more than a century past.
About Benrido Atelier
Established in Kyoto in 1887, Benrido Atelier brings over a century of experience to image- making. Along with local papermakers and bookbinders, the Benrido craftsmen have upheld a tradition of superior Kyoto artisanship for more than a century, creating and preserving thousands of national treasures and works of art. As one of the world’s last remaining producers of collotype, Benrido offers rare access to this lost craft, providing opportunities for today’s artists to collaborate with the atelier’s master printers in making unique fine art prints.
Grand Prize Winner
The imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, today the city of Kyoto is the last bastion of many traditional arts and artisan crafts. In autumn/winter 2020, the Grand Prize Winner of the Hariban Award will travel to this major cultural heritage site. Flights and accommodation expenses will be paid.
Benrido Experience & Collotype Prints
While in Kyoto, the Grand Prize Winner will collaborate with master printers of the Benrido Collotype Atelier. Working closely with printers of superlative technical expertise, the artist will enjoy a rare opportunity to participate personally in the complex process of collotype printing and will produce of eight museum-quality collotype prints of their winning photographs.
Solo Exhibition 2021
The Grand Prize Winner’s collotype prints will be exhibited in a solo exhibition of their works in 2021. Previous venues have included: Kousei-in Temple (Awoiska van der Molen solo exhibition, 2014), Sfera Exhibition (Antony Cairns solo exhibition, 2015), Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden & Museum – Zonkoro (Claudio Silvano solo exhibition, 2016), Kiyomizu-dera Temple – Jojuin (Stephen Gill solo exhibition, 2017), Hurin-an (Esther Teichmann solo exhibition, 2018), Noguchi Residence – Karaku-an (Margaret Lansink solo exhibition, 2019).
Competition Catalogue 2021 All finalists will receive a catalogue for the award printed in collotype and hand-bound by traditional binders in Kyoto, Japan.
Juror’s Choice Award
Selected by each Juror, an applicant will be selected from the pool of submissions by each Juror as their nomination for the Juror’s Choice Award. The Juror’s choice award winners will receive a dedicated text by their respective Jurors that will be printed and published along with a selection of their work in the annual Hariban Award Catalogue. All Juror’s Choice winners will also receive copies of the limited-edition award catalogue for their personal use.
Master Printer’s Choice Award
Selected by the atelier’s master printer, Osamu Yamamoto, the Master Printer’s Choice award winner will receive a dedicated text written by Yamamoto and will have an image printed and published in the annual Hariban Award catalogue. The Master Printer’s choice award winner will also receive copies of the catalogue for their personal use.
Six runners up from the final round of judging will be given honourable mentions. An image of their submitted work will be printed and published within the official Hariban Award catalogue. The runners up will also receive copies of the catalogue for their personal use.
Photo Contest Website: http://www.haribanaward.org/