The collotype printing process was a photo-mechanic printing process that was wide-spread during the century before last. Today only four collotype printers exist in the whole world: at the Museum für Druckkunst (Print Art) in Leipzig, the Brother Alinari photo workshop in Florence, Benrido Printer in Kyoto and the Werkstatt Offizin in Darmstadt.
The Werkstatt Offizin Darmstadt has launched a crowd-funding campaign at Kickstarter, to rescue and ensure the future of collotype printing. To be precise, it is about transporting the print press, a Faber & Schleicher 2169 from 1897, which weighs over six tonnes, to set it up at the workshop, and to purchase new equipment to enable it to run.
The campaign will continue to run until March 10. In exchange for their financial contributions, supports and helpers can receive sets of postcards (printed according to the collotype printing process) or a complete collotype printing edition of their own photographs or graphics.
Further information about the campaign can be found at: Kickstarter