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The International Summer School of Photography (ISSP) 2013 took place in Kuldīga, Latvia, from 3 - 11 August 2013. 

ISSP 2013 offered six thematic workshops by Esther Teichmann, Todd Hido, Yan Morvan, Yuri Kozirev, Andrei Polikanov, Teun van der Heijden and Elina Brotherus - see Masters & workshops for information.
ISSP hosted 71 participants from 23 countries of the world - you can see the list of selected participants here

The works produced by the students were exhibited at the ISSP 2013 Exhibition in Kuldīga Arts hall, the full series are featured at this website - see Final works.
 


ISSP 2012 by Alexander Gronsky
 

About the Summer School: 

Organised since 2006 in Kuldīga, western Latvia, the International Summer School of Photography is designed for professional photographers, students of photography and art, artists working with photography and other interested parties with practical knowledge of photographic practice. The focus of the school is on concept rather than technique. The aim is to broaden the artistic and personal vision of participants and to encourage international exchange of ideas in photography.

If you already have a serious relationship with photography as a chosen profession or artistic practice, and wish to bring it to a new level through a concentrated learning experience, ISSP is for you!

ISSP offers six advanced thematic masterclasses led by internationally renown photography masters. Over the past years, among our masters have been photographers and editors like Peter Bialobrzeski, Ville Lenkkeri, Vanessa WinshipGeorge Georgiou, Roger Ballen, Andrei Polikanov, Michael Ackerman, Marcos Lopez, Claudine Doury, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, David Bate, Jodi Bieber, Phil ToledanoHellen van MeeneChristian Caujolle, Bas Vroege and Hans van der Meer. Students' work in the masterclasses is combined with a programme of talks and presentations every evening (this part of the programme is also open to all the interested public) and portfolio reviews by ISSP masters and invited experts. 

The students produce an individual photography project during the week, benefiting from personal guidance of their workshop mentor and group critiques as well as close exchange with other participants of the event. The week is concluded with the opening of the students' works exhibition in an arts hall in Kuldīga. Every year, a multimedia presentation and a publication featuring the works is produced. 

ISSP is a non-commercial event with the aim to support the advancement of talented emerging photographers from Latvia and adjoining region and to promote international networking among photographers around the world. The participants' fees are kept on affordable level and special subsidies are available for qualified participants from Latvia and Eastern Europe. We appreciate all kinds of diversity in the student body - our previous students come from over 30 countries, 5 continents. The working language of ISSP is English.

ISSP 2014 will take place from 2 -10 August 2014, in the same location. Applications are announced in the end of March, with applications deadline in the beginning of May. Last year, we received more than 4 applications for one place.

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