ISSP Evening Programme in Kuldīga

The talks will be held in English at Kuldiga Art School. Free entrance. 

Lekcijas notiks Kuldīgas Mākslas skolā angļu valodā. Ieeja brīva.

Tuesday 12 March
20:00 Doris Gassert, Curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH)
"SITUATIONS and Post-Photography"
Doris will speak about the SITUATIONS programme at Fotomuseum Winterthur, and about what is sometimes referred to as „post-photography“ - a reflection on current changes within photographic culture and the expansion of photographic media in reaction to digital media and technologies.

Doris Gassert is Research Curator at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, where she co-curates SITUATIONS, runs the blog Still Searching… and is responsible for Fotomuseum’s publications. With SITUATIONS, a research lab and exhibition format that investigates current changes in photographic media and culture, she helps develop Fotomuseum’s program and understanding of post-photography. She holds a PhD in media studies from the University of Basel, Switzerland, where she teaches media aesthetics, with a focus on the intermediality and epistemology of photography and the politics of representation.

Wednesday 13 March
20:00 Aron Morel, Publisher, Founder of Morel Books (UK)
"Positions on books and publishing"
The talk will cover a number of key points in relation to the photobooks - the importance of content, different types of publishing, the pros and cons of self-publishing vs cooperating with the publisher, finding the money and other key elements to take into account when making a book.

Aron Mörel is a London-based non-profit independent publisher specializing in limited edition photo and art books. Mörel’s intimate and playful while respectful collaboration with artists is what defines his collections best. Mörel Books is “the final step in an artist’s process and encourages the artist to engage in the conception, design, and feel of the book.” Morel looks at books and artists democratically - with a constant output of established artist as well as emerging artists - including the likes of Antony Cairns, Alix Marie, Thomas Ruff, Boris Mikhailov, Marie Angeletti, Corinne Day to mention a few.

Thursday 14 March
20:00 Peggy Sue Amison, Artistic Director, East Wing Doha Gallery (Qatar-Berlin)
“Whats next? - professionalizing artistic practice"
The talk will cover the key aspects important for the artists who wish to 'clean up their act' and professionalize their practice. Such as 'How do curators work?', 'How does one approach a gallery?', 'How should an artist use social media to promote their works?', 'How to make use of workshops and other events like portfolio reviews, festivals and art fairs?' As well as practical tips on printing editions and copyright issues involved in posting works on the internet.

Peggy Sue Amison is Artistic Director of East Wing; a platform for photography, founded in Doha, Qatar. She is also an independent producer, exhibition curator, consultant, collaborator, editor and writer. Peggy Sue was the former Artistic Director of Sirius Arts Centre, a multidisciplinary non profit artist residency and exhibition programme in Ireland; one of the founding Board Members of Belfast Photo Festival, N. Ireland; and long-term collaborator with Picture Berlin, an artist residency in Germany. Her curatorial practice has taken her to the UAE, Ireland, China, Germany, Denmark, Poland and the USA. Throughout her career first as an artist, and then as an artistic director, curator and producer, Peggy Sue has first-hand experience of the challenges facing artists and organisations and strives to address these issues in her work, championing emerging and established artists and colleagues internationally.

On Saturday 16 March at 18:00 everyone is invited to the opening of the final Exhibition of the works created by the Masterclass participants and the guided tour by the authors! The exhibition will be open at Kuldīgas Mākslas nams until 7 April.

Supported by/ Atbalsta: Kuldīgas Novada Dome, Kuldiga Art School / Kuldīgas mākslas skola, Kuldīga Artists' Residence

ISSP 2013 evening talks

Traditionally, the ISSP evening programme will be open to all photography lovers - free of charge! Every evening starting from Sunday, 4 August, till Friday, 9 August, we will offer a series of fascinating presentations and artist talks by ISSP masters, participants and invited guests at the ISSP campus in Pelči /Kuldīga. On Saturday, the 10th, everyone is invited to the opening of the exhibition of ISSP final works at the Kuldiga Arts Hall and the screening of participants' works at Kuldīga open air cinema.

Skolas izlaiduma darbi 2013

Priecājamies un lepojamies paziņot, ka publicēta jauna mājaslapa www.isspskola.lv ar ISSP Skolas absolventu gala darbiem - 10 pašizdotām fotogrāfijas autorgrāmatām. NB! līdz piektdienai 21.06. pieņēmam pieteikumus Skolas jaunajām mācību kursam 2013-2015!
Check out 10 self-published photobooks created by ISSP school graduates on the brand new website www.isspskola.lv!

Kuldiga artist residency 2013 - call for applications!

In cooperation with Kuldīga District Council, we are inviting applications for a new artist residency in Kuldīga this August. Photographers and artists working with photography are invited to apply by June 12!

Skolas izlaidums un Atvērto Durvju diena 5.jūnijā

Trešdien, 5. jūnijā, plkst 18:00, aicinām visus ISSP draugus, radus un interesentus uz Skolas Atverto Durvju dienu - 2. kursa izlaidumu un gala darbu prezentāciju, kā arī Pagalma Svētkiem! 

Pieteikšanās ISSP Skolai 2013/2015

Izsludinām pieteikšanos ISSP Skolas jaunajā mācību kursā 2013/2015! Ja Tu padziļināti interesējies un nodarbojies ar fotogrāfiju un vēlies paplašināt savu izpratni par fotogrāfijas mediju, gūstot pieredzi no Latvijas labākajiem speciālistiem, Skola ir domāta Tev! Pieteikumus pieņēmam līdz 21.jūnijam. 
  

ISSP 2013 selected participants

Here we go - the list of selected ISSP 2013 participants is out (pending confirmations) - 72 photographers from 26 countries, 5 continents! We thank all the 254 who applied and the Jury for their hard work... there are many more very good applications in the waiting list... All the applicants must have received notification by email by now - if you haven't got one, check your spam folder!

Paul Hansen in Riga

Just before his talk at Splendid Palace in Riga, Paul Hansen, the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2012, speaks about the mission of the press photographer and what comes first.

World Press Photo izstāde atklāta!

World Press Photo izstāde Rīgā ir atklāta un gaida apmeklētājus Sv. Pētera baznīcā līdz 2.jūnijam! 
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ISSP applications closed

Dear all, the ISSP 2013 application process is successfully closed - we have received 254 applications from over 40 countries, thank you all! The ISSP International Jury - photographers Alnis Stakle (LV) and Alexander Gronsky (RU/LV), and Chief Editor of GUP Magazine Erik Vroons (NL) - start to work this week. The results of the selection process will be known by the end of May.