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.”

Applications for Jan Grarup masterclass

We are pleased to invite applications for the masterclass by Jan Grarup "Keep it simple: the Essence of Photojournalism" on 24-26 May 2013. A photojournalist with over 20 years experience from the world's gravest conflict zones, Jan won his eighth World Press Photo award this year and will be in Riga as part of the World Press Photo exhibition education programme. Applications accepted till 10th May!
 
 

ISSP 2012 flashbacks

While the ISSP 2013 is in preparation, here are some flashbacks from the fabulous 2012 edition! Big thanks for all involved! 

European Borderlines - project results

The multimedia of the European Borderlines project results is finally online - take a look at the work of 12 photographers from Latvia, Turkey, Iceland and Portugal! 

Aicinām piedalīties radošā darbnīcā Bolderājā!

23. un 24. martā projekta "Rīgas paš/portreti" ietvaros Bolderājā notiks radoša darbnīca "Pašportreti un ģimenes foto-arhīvs" ar mākslinieci un pedagoģi Eva Voutsaki (Grieķija/ Lielbritānija). Aicinām piedalīties Bolderājas iedzīvotājus vecumā 50+!

World Press Photo izstāde būs Rīgā

No šī gada 14. maija līdz 2. jūnijam, pirmo reizi kopš 1991. gada, "World Press Photo" izstāde būs apskatāma arī Rīgā, Sv. Pētera baznīcā. / The World Press Photo exhibition is visiting Riga for the first time since 1991. See it from May 14 - June 2 at St. Peter's Church.

 

ISSP 2013 dates

Happy New year everyone! We are glad to inform that ISSP 2013 will take place on 3-11 August in Kuldīga. The call for applications will be open from the end of March until the beginning of May 2013. More information to come, stay tuned! 

Happy holidays

Wishing you all a happy green beginning of the new world...

Purchase ISSP publications online!

Dear friends, we are very happy that the online purchase system for ISSP publications is finally up and running! Starting from today, you can order the 2013 Planner as well as all other ISSP publications online at our website. Its easy: order through this site, pay by PayPal and the postman will bring it directly to your door!