The International Summer School of Photography (ISSP) is an immersive education and networking event for emerging photographers, artists working with photography, and students of photography and art. Taking place deep in the Latvian countryside since 2006, the ISSP offers advanced masterclasses by renowned tutors in combination with exciting programme of evening talks and presentations, portfolio reviews, a group exhibition, and more. ISSP participants and mentors come from over 30 countries around the world.
ISSP 2018 took place from 28 July to 5 August 2018 in Kuldīga, Latvia, hosting workshops with Jason Fulford, Lisa Barnard, Yumi Goto and Jan Rosseel, Salvatore Vitale and Sarker Protick, a workshop for photography curators with Natasha Christia and a new on-campus ISSP Residency. See Workshops and Residency 2018 for detailed information on the programme.
Over the years, we've had the pleasure to cooperate with excellent artists and professionals such as Jim Goldberg, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Takashi Homma, Anna Fox, Alexander Gronsky, Peter Bialobrzeski, Vanessa Winship, George Georgiou, Roger Ballen, Andrei Polikanov, Yuri Kozirev, Michael Ackerman, Marcos Lopez, Claudine Doury, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, David Bate, Jodi Bieber, Phil Toledano, Hellen van Meene, Christian Caujolle, Bas Vroege, Hans van der Meer, Todd Hido, Elina Brotherus, Simon Norfolk, Rafal Milach and others.
The ISSP daily schedule consists of group activities in the workshops, individual work on photography projects, and evening talks and presentations by tutors, participants and guests. One afternoon is dedicated to portfolio reviews. There is a multitude of options for extra-curricular activities like morning exercises, evening bar, swimming in the surrounding ponds, and getting to know the fellow participants. The event is concluded by a joint installation and opening of the ISSP Exhibition at Kuldīga Arts Hall, a public screening of the works at the town open air cinema and a legendary ISSP Gala night.
If you have chosen photography as a profession or artistic practice, and wish to bring your relationship with the medium to a new level through a concentrated learning experience while meeting colleagues from all over the world, ISSP is for you!
ISSP sustains a non-commercial approach to photography - the event was created to support the advancement of talented young photographers from Latvia and the region, which remains our greatest aim. The fees are kept as low as possible and a number of subsidies are available for young photographers from Latvia and the CIS. Any proceeds from the event are invested in the educational activities of the ISSP association and the new ISSP Gallery in Riga.