Grand Prize Winner Hariban Award 2019
More than a dream came true on August 30th, 2019, when I opened the mail from Benrido Atelier Kyoto, Japan:
“I hope this finds you well. My name is Hideko and on behalf of the Hariban Award team and Benrido as a whole, I am extremely happy to inform you that you have been selected as this year's Hariban Award Grand Prize Winner. From this year’s results we are honoured to have you as the 6th Hariban Award Winner.
I had to sit down and was very touched. It took me a few days to truly believe that it really was going to happen: working with the great artisans and even master printer Yamamoto-san. So happy and grateful. Thank you so much!!
These are the winning images of the series ‘Borders of Nothingness - On the Mend’
First day at Benrido Kyoto
Monday December 2nd; my first day at Benrido Atelier! The overseas manager Hideko Ono welcomed me and Rene and guided us through the building to meet everyone. To be able to experience the process of collotype and reproduction of precious museum pieces we had a great close up view. It is exceptional to experience that people have been working for Benrido Collotype for over 30 years and still tell about their profession with passion and determination. The whole atmosphere is warm and respectfull to everyone in the company.
In the coming days I will mainly work with Master Printer Osamu Yamamoto and his assistant Lee Jeewon. Mako Mizobuchi and Hideko Ono will support me where possible with translation and questions about how and why. It is still hard to believe that all these people work with my images. The emotions were quite strong when I entered Yamamoto-san’s own Atelier and looked at the large table completely covered with collotype test prints of my images.
It really is not a dream..... is it?!
all images during Benrido residency are made by Hideko Ono (manager Benrido Overseas devision) and me