Riga Photography Biennal & ISSP Gallery prize winner announced

Annija Muižule. From the series ‘Joyful Businessmen Throwing Papers and Having Fun in the Office’, 2016-2018

Congratulations - the Riga Photography Biennial and ISSP Gallery Award ‘Seeking the Latest in Photography!’ has been presented to Annija Muižule (Latvia) for her series ‘Joyful Businessmen Throwing Papers and Having Fun in the Office’. We're excited to show Annija's exhibition at the ISSP Gallery next spring!

Congratulations also to Reinis Lismanis, who received the special prize - an opportunity to publish his "Trial and Error" series as a photography book with NoRoutine Books!

This is the third year the Riga Photography Biennial’s Award for young Baltic photographers has been presented. The RPB received 53 applications from photographers from the three Baltic States. 15 artists were selected during the first round. The jury nominated 10 finalists who will be invited to participate free of charge in the RPB’s Off-year Programme 2019 Portfolio Review: from Estonia – Aap Tepper, Mari-Leen Kiipli, Hedi Jaansoo; from Lithuania – Vytautas Kumza, Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte; from Latvia – Reinis Lismanis, Annija Muižule, Georgs Avetisjans, Paula Jansone and Annemarija Gulbe. 

The award was presented by an internationally renowned jury - Michael Biedowicz (DE), photo editor and owner of Pavlov’s Dog Gallery; Iveta Gabaliņa (LV), programme director of the ISSP Gallery; Jonatan Habib Engqvist (SE), curator and writer; Sten Ojave (EE), curator at Center For Contemporary Arts, Estonia; Paul Paper (LT), artist and curator; Daiga Rudzāte (LV), editor-in-chief of ‘Arterritory’ culture portal and director of INDIE culture project agency; Amelie Schuele (DE), exhibition manager Unseen; Mitch Speed (CA/DE), artist and art critic; Diāna Tamane (LV), artist and RPB Award winner 2018.

The jury commented on the award-winning series ‘Joyful Businessmen Throwing Papers and Having Fun in the Office’: “Annija Muižule presents a humorous and critical analysis of contemporary photography, where the artist researches the commodification of images and interplays between images and words. This is done through a conceptually clear and remarkably simple gesture of looking at how emotions are expressed through stock images, as well as the indexical signs provided by jpg names. By focusing on the interaction between suppliers and our expectations, her work acts as an inquiry into the role of contemporary photography. It is a pertinent observation of how these images not only represent but also create the way we understand the world.”

Riga Photomonth 2015

ISSP is glad to be a partner and co-organiser of Riga Photomonth - the programme of 2015 off-year events start today! We are organising artist talks with Nico Baumgarten and Andrew Miksys and the exhibition of the ISSP students in June!
Mums ir prieks būt par daļu no Rīgas Fotomēneša - 2015. starpgadu programma sākās šodien! ISSP rīko publiskās lekcijas ar Nico Baumgartenu un Andrew Miksys un ISSP Skolas studentu darbu izstādi jūnija sākumā!

ISSP 2015 applications are open!

We are delighted to announce the Call for Applications for the ISSP 2015, the 10th anniversary edition of the ISSP! This August in Kuldīga - storytelling and collage with Jim Goldberg, landscape with Alexander Gronsky, narrative portraiture with Alessandra Sanguinetti, nature stories with Anna Fox, photobook making with Akina Books and Nico Baumgarten and camera obscura experiments with Takashi Homma! Don't miss it - the deadline fo applications is 20 April!

Artist Talks at the Museum

In cooperation with the Latvian Museum of Photogrpaphy, we invite to meet two photographers whose work made in Latvia is currently on show in the Museum! Artist talks by Hirohisa Koike (Japan) and Luca Berti (Italy) on 16th January 18:00!

ISSP experience by Anya Schiller

A home movie on the ISSP experience, by Anya Schiller, is finally out! Lots of love, photography, and cows. Based on real events at the International Summer School of Photography 2014.