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 2012 participants announced

We are delighted to announce the selection of ISSP 2012 participants - 73 photographers from 24 countries of the world! The jury had a truly difficult job of choosing among a multitude of diverse and talented applicants. We couldn't accept everybody we would like to take - there are over 50 qualified candidates in the waiting list! The participants list will be updated as we receive people's confirmations. 

17.maijā - ISSP Skolas dalībnieku un pasniedzēju darbu izsole

Mācību gada laikā ISSP Skolas dalībnieki ir strādājuši, lai izveidotu savus personālprojektus, kurus plašākai publikai jūnijā izstādīs Kaņepes Kultūras centrā. Lai savāktu līdzekļus izstādes izveidošanai, 17. maijā no plkst.18:30 līdz 21:00 rīkojam izsoli, kurā tiks pārdoti gan Skolas dalībnieku, gan pasniedzēju iepriekš tapušie darbi. Priecāsimies, ja atnāksi ar draugiem un, piedaloties izsolē, atbalstīsi mūsu izstādes tapšanu!

ISSP applications closed

The ISSP 2012 Applications desk is now officially closed! We received 238 applications from 42 countries, 6 continents!! We are a little amazed and honored by such attention. The applications will be evaluated by a committee of invited experts - Inese Baranovska, Andrejs Grants, Alnis Stakle and Arnis Balčus. The results of the evaluation will be available in the first week of June.

Autora vakars muzejā - tikšanās ar fotogrāfi Aleksandru Demenkovu

Piektdien, 11.maijā plkst. 18:00, ISSP Skola sadarbībā ar Latvijas Fotogrāfijas muzeju aicina uz tikšanos ar fotogrāfi Aleksandru Demenkovu (RU): “Zudušo sapņu teritorija”. Tikšanās notiek Latvijas Fotogrāfijas muzejā. Papildus ekskursijai pa izstādi, autore rādīs un stāstīs arī par citiem saviem darbiem.

Middle Town Part I: Trabzon - book dummies

Here are the four book dummies produced by the project participants during our first Middle Town project workshop in Trabzon, Turkey (10-16 March 2012). We made four book dummies about Trabzon and it was an amazing learning exercise.

Meistarklase "Landscape and Manscape"

Aicinām fotogrāfus līdz 10. aprīlim pieteikties 2 dienu meistarklasei ar Islandiešu fotogrāfu un foto-redaktoru Pallu Stefanssonu! Meistarklase ainavas un cilvēku ietekmētās ainavas tematikā notiks 20.-21. aprīlī Rīgā un Bolderājā.
We invite photographers to apply for a 2-day masterclass with Icelandic photographer Páll Stefánsson (Iceland Review Magazine) "Landscape and Manscape: The Edge of Riga" on 20-21 April! Applications accepted till 10th April.

ISSP 2011 video is released

Whilst in preparation for the 2012 ISSP edition, we have just completed the short ISSP 2011 video. 
Sweet summer vibes!...