This Benrido portfolio features a selection of six collotype prints of photographs by Shigeo Gocho (1946–1983) from the series “Days,” “Self and Others” and “Childhood.”
Gocho, who was severely handicapped throughout his short life, was a master at photographing children. Each of the six prints included in this collection demonstrates his peerless eye for simple yet effective compositions and his strong sensibility to capture the beauty of the ordinary.
Collotype, one of the oldest techniques of creating photographic prints, is a printing process that involves oil-based pigment inks. The technique is revered for its excellent reproducibility, the smoothness and depth of its textures and its strong durability. It is often employed for the reproduction of important cultural works. Benrido, founded in 1905 in Kyoto, is one of the most experienced collotype printing studios in the world.