Presented by Benrido, the Hariban Award combines a 160 year old analog technique with contemporary photography. Glass plates have been used as the base for collotype printing plates which still continues today. The award is called “Hariban ” as “Hari” means glass plate and “ban” means printing plate in traditional Japanese. This Award invites professionals and amateurs alike to submit black and white photographs for a chance to win. Submissions are judged by an international group of Jurors and the Grand Prize Winner receives a two-week residency in Kyoto, Japan to collaborate with the master printer’s of Benrido.
Established in 1887, Benrido has specialised in the unique printing technique known as Collotype and today remains as one of only a few studios left in the world capable of making fine colour collotype prints.
Collotype is an alternative printing process that was invented in 1855 by the French engineer Alphonse Poitevin as a method for photographic fine art printing. Photographic prints of the 19th century had poor image preservability, and over time gradually faded and discoloured. To compensate for this, various printing methods using pigments were devised, one of the established techniques among them was collotype.