2016 marked the third year for the HARIBAN AWARD, an innovative prize that offers one photographer the opportunity to work with the master artisans at the Benrido Collotype Atelier in Kyoto for two weeks, all-expenses paid. The jury was comprised of Marc Feustel (Independent writer, curator and founder of eyecurious.com), Mariko Takeuchi (Independent Curator/Associate Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design), Peter Barberie (Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art), and Tsuyoshi Ito (Program Director, Project Basho/ONWARD). Building on the overwhelming success of its second year in 2015, the competition grew in quality and popularity, seeing submissions from photographers all around the world.
Grand Prize Winner
Claudio Silvano [www.clausilvano.com]
Juror’s Choice Awards
- Lea Habourdin
- Maria Inglessis
- Miho Kajioka
- Natalia Kopkina
- Maria do Mar Rego
- Marie Passa
- Joanna Piotrowska
Master Printer’s Choice Award
- Teri Havens
Peter Barberie – Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
I have long admired prints made by the collotype process, used for many important photographic projects since its invention in 1856, and I treasure some of the examples in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. My friend Tsuyoshi Ito, founder of the photography workshop Project Basho, an important creative space in Philadelphia, introduced me to the fine craftsmanship of the Benrido Atelier. I was thrilled to learn about this community of artisans committed to the highest level of collotype printing. The HARIBAN AWARDs offer serious photographers an opportunity to see their work reach new audiences at an almost magical level of reproductive quality. And they raise public awareness about the collotype process and the importance and craftsmanship of reproductive printing generally. The submissions to this year’s competition were highly compelling. I was thrilled to learn of many international photographers whose work I had not previously encountered; I will continue to follow their careers. I salute Benrido for championing the work of contemporary artists while also preserving the invaluable
Marc Feustel – Independent Curator, Writer and Editor/Founder of eyecurious.com
With the HARIBAN AWARD, Benrido have opened their doors to the world. Seeing the breadth of nationalities, styles and conceptions of photography on show in this year’s submissions is a welcome reminder of how photographers the world over still place great value on the physical form of their work. The winners of the first and second editions of the award, Awoiska van der Molen and Antony Cairns, have already demonstrated just how rewarding this award can be, taking their work in new directions while also uncovering new possibilities for the collotype technique itself. At a time when there is no shortage of photography prizes, the HARIBAN AWARD’s strength lies in its ability to lead to a genuinely collaborative and experimental process between the artist and Benrido’s master craftsmen, a rare opportunity in the often solitary discipline of photography.
Mariko Takeuchi – Independent Curator/Associate Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design
I very much enjoyed judging this year’s HARIBAN AWARD as there were much more great works than I had originally expected. Within all the selections this year, my personal concern was that I saw a lot of works which were largely aesthetic and perhaps conservative rather than challenging the possibilities of photography as a medium. If this was because applicants were strongly aware of collotype as a technique and its ability to render images with such depth, then I think it’s really regrettable. All great photographs have the power to make people think strongly about today’s society and how human beings are. When the works penetrate boldly into today’s world through collotype an unexpected spark would occur and this could inspire many people. I can’t stop wishing that the HARIBAN AWARD will receive more photographs that betray viewers’ expectations but only in the best of ways.
Interview with Claudio Silvano
The HARIBAN AWARD jury of 2016 chose Brazilian photographer Claudio Silvano as the grand prize winner. Claudio spent two weeks in Kyoto in 2016 working with collotype masters. The images created during this time will be displayed this April 2017 as an associated program of the Kyotographie International Photography Festival in Kyoto. In this video, we sit down with Claudio as he describes his experiences at the atelier.