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.”

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!...

ISSP Skolas autora vakars: fotogrāfe Katrina Tang (EST)

Trešdien, 22.februarī plkst 18:30 ISSP Skolas vieslekciju programmas ietvaros notiks tikšanās ar Igauņu modes fotogrāfi Katrīnu Tang (fashion and editorial photography), kura rādīs/stāstīs par saviem projektiem.