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
- Marie Passa
- Miho Kajioka
- Natalia Kopkina
- Lea Habourdin
- Maria Inglessis
- Maria do Mar Rego
- Joanna Piotrowska
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.
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.
Click to view the 2016 Hariban Award Summary