Sunday, August 7

20:00 - 21:30 Claudine Doury (FR) - “Adolescence and other mutations: representation of loss and metamorphosis in photography”

In her talk, Claudine Doury will cover 15 years of her artistic work, depicting inner changes and transfigurations from Russia’s borderlines to her immediate family.

21:45 - 23:15 Michael Ackerman (US/DE) - Artist talk

In something between a slideshow and a film, Michael Ackerman will show photos from last 15 years of his work. He will also share a selection of short films of his friend and collaborator J.Cohen.

Claudine Doury: Born in 1959 in France. Lives in Paris. Represented by Camera Obscura Gallery in Paris and a member of VU agency. Her photographic work on people and their everyday lives has earned her the top prizes: the Leica Oscar Barnack Prize (1999), Prix Paris-Match (2000), and the Niépce Prize (2004). 

Michael Ackerman: American. Born in1967 in Tel Aviv. Lives in Berlin. Represented by agency VU. Is recognized by a his radical and unique approach to photography, expressed in his work on Varanassi “End Time City” (1999) and recent “Half life” (2010).


Monday, August 8 

20:00 - 21:30 Marcos Lopez (Argentina) - “Tierra en Trance”

The artist will show a specially created video compilation about his work that will include his personal selection of "the most important names" in Latin American photography.

Marcos Lopez: Born in 1958. Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Marcos Lopez gained international recognition for his “Pop-Latino” style - distinctive combination of photographic realism and theatrical staging with crossing influences from painting, cinema, traditional and modern archetypes, and digital art.


Tuesday, August 9

20:00 - 21:30 David Bate (UK) - “Conceptual documentary”

The talk will discuss the rise of conceptual art as a mode of thinking and its relation to photography and documentary photography in particular.

21:45 - 23:15 Arno Rafael Minkkinen (FI/US) - “Art is risk made visible”

Shown at the gala night of the Palms Spring International Photo Festival in March 2011, the presentation with music selections traces and interweaves an understanding of photography through a retrospective of 40 years of artist’ work.

David Bate: Photo-artist, writer and teacher, known for his interest in avant-garde aesthetics in visual art. Lives and works in London, represented by Hoopers Gallery. Dr. Bate is a Course Leader of MA in Photographic Studies at University of Westminster. He has published many essays on contemporary photography and art history as well as two books that are widely used in photography courses: “Photography and Surrealism” (2004) and “Photography: Key Concepts” (2009). 

Arno Rafael Minkkinen: A Finnish-American photographer, writer, curator, and educator. Born in 1945 in Finland. Lives in US. For decades now, he has explored the invisible line that separates man from the primordial via his surreal black&white self-portraits. Dr. Minkkinen is Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Docent at the University of Art & Design Helsinki, and graduate faculty at Maine Media College in Rockport, Maine. Was awarded the Finnish State Art Prize in Photography in 2006.

Wednesday, August 10

20:00 - 22:00 Photography magazines presentations

- Erik Vroons, Editor, GUP Magazine (NL)
- Arnis Balčus, Editor, FK Magazine (LV)

The talks by editors of two photography magazines (Dutch/international GUP and Latvian FK) will give an overview on the present day situation in an industry actively reflecting on photography, the cyclic production process of a photography magazine, as well as initiate a debate on what a photographer could gain from getting published without getting paid.


Thursday, August 11

20:00 - 21:30 “Visual narratives: European borderlines” project partners
- ISSP (Latvia), GAPO (Turkey), Icelandic Contemporary Photography Association, Maioclaro (Portugal)

A short presentation of a long-term project "European borderlines" that was recently started by ISSP in partnership with photography organisations from Turkey, Iceland and Portugal. Presentations will include some of the photography that they represent and promote.

21:45 - 23:15 Vanessa Winship and George Georgiou (UK) – Artist talk

The tutors of the project, George Georgio and Vanessa Winship will tell about their work on long-term documentary projects – something that they have been doing for a while.

Vanessa Winship: Born in 1960 in the United Kingdom. Represented by the Agency Vu. Vanessa Winship is known for her long term projects in Albania, Georgia and Black Sea. Her series “Sweet Nothings” on rural girls in central Anatolia have won Sony World Photography Award in 2008. In June 2011 she was awarded a prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson award in photography.  

George Georgiou: Born in London to Greek Cypriot parents, George Georgiou has been a practicing photographer for the last 20 years. Represented by agencies Prospekt (Italy), Panos (UK) and Signatures (France). He has been living and working in the Balkans, Greece and Turkey. His work is focused on long term projects around identity, urbanization and human space.  


Friday, August 12 

20:00 - 22:00 Presentation of ISSP participants’ portfolios

An opportunity for ISSP participants to share what they are doing with the entire group - portfolio selection or individual projects (completed or work in progress). ISSP works shall not be presented. Required: prior sign-up, slideshow or video presentation (maximum 10 minutes each).


Saturday, August 13 (in Kuldīga)

19:00 - 20:00 Opening of the ISSP 2011 Exhibition at Kuldīga District museum

21:30 - 22:30 Screening of ISSP works at Kuldīga Open air cinema 


NB! Practical information for visitors:
All those seriously interested in photography are welcome to attend the ISSP evening programme free of charge.
Location of the evening talks: Pelči boarding school, Kuldīga district. Directions and map available here.
Visitors are responsible for entire logistics of their stay and should take care not to disturb the work of the workshops.
Contact Kuldīga Tourism Information centre for accommodation in Kuldīga. Its possible to stay in tents on the ISSP campus, we will try to arrange for a separate kitchen that guests can use. 

Artist talk :: Néha Hirve, Fernando Criollo, Sanne Kabalt

Trešdien, 9. oktobrī, plkst. 18.30 ISSP Galerijā Berga bazārā notiks tikšanās ar šībrīža ISSP Rīgas Rezidences māksliniekiem Fernando Kriollo (Peru) un Nehu Hirvi (Zviedrija), kā arī viesi no Ruckas Rezidences Cēsīs – Sennu Kabaltu (Nīderlande).

On October 9 at 6.30 PM a meeting with ISSP Riga Residency artists Fernando Criollo (Peru), Néha Hirve (Sweden), and a guest from Rucka Residency in Cēsis Senna Kabalt (The Netherlands) will take place at the ISSP Gallery, Riga.

Artist talk :: Celine Gobillard

Trešdien, 11.septembrī, aicinām uz ISSP Rīgas Rezidences māksliniekces Selīnas Gobilāras autorvakaru plkst. 18:30 ISSP telpā Berga Bazārā.

On Wednesday 11th of September 6:30 PM, we will host an artist talk by ISSP Riga Residency artist Celine Gobillard (France) - welcome! 

ES REDZU :: Ievads fotogrāfijā un vizuālā lasītprasmē jauniešiem

JAUNUMS - ISSP Skolas ievadkurss fotogrāfijā un vizuālā lasītprasmē, īpaši veidots jauniešiem (10-15 g.)!

8 nedēļas, 23.09 – 25.11.2019
pirmdienās no 16.30-18.00 Berga Bazārā
pasniedzēja: fotogrāfe un pedagoģe Nora Austriņa

Divu mēnešu programma piedāvā radošā un brīvā gaisotnē ar kopīgu spēļu un eksperimentu palīdzību apgūt fotografēšanas pamatprasmes un tehniskās zināšanas. Vienlaikus dalībnieki iepazīsies ar fotogrāfijas virzienu daudzveidību – no dokumentālās līdz mākslas fotogrāfijai, no mediju un reklāmu attēliem līdz sociālo tīklu selfijiem – un attīstīs vizuālo lasītprasmi, kas mūsdienās kļūst arvien svarīgāka. Kurss domāts ikvienam jaunietim (10 – 15 gadu vecumā) ar interesi par fotogrāfiju un attēlu kultūru, neatkarīgi no pieredzes. Tā ir iespēja izzināt fotogrāfijas pasauli kopā ar jauniem draugiem un domubiedriem, gūt jaunas prasmes attēlu lasīšanā un veidošanā, iemācīties radīt labākas bildes un veidot no tām vienotu stāstu.

Lai piedalītos, nepieciešama vienkārša digitāla fotokamera vai mobilais telefons ar fotokameras funkciju.

ISSP 2019 publication - "Photography and the World"

Created and launched in July during the ISSP 2019 in Zaļenieki, Latvia, this new publication draws together the content of the first thematic edition of the International Summer School of Photography, "Photography and the World", including the plentiful questions raised by the ISSP participants, tutors and guests, as well as some passionate attempts to look for the answers. Editorial team: Katherine Oktober Matthews (NL), Helen Korpak (FI), Nico Baumgarten (DE), Nicolas Polli (CH), Demelza Watts (UK), with contributions by the ISSP participants, tutors and guests.

The publication is now available as a free open source download as well as a very limited number of print copies.

Valley of the Strange :: Guided Tour and Discussion

15. augustā plkst. 18.30 aicinām iepazīties ar izstādes "Savādā ieleja" māksliniekiem un kuratoru. Vakaru ievadīs mākslinieku vadīta ekskursija izstādē, kam sekos kuratora piezīmes un diskusija. Sarunā autori pievērsīsies fotogrāfijas spējai pārvērtēt iemācīto un padarīt ikdienišķo svešādu, kā arī diskutēs par jauno mākslinieku iespējām un stratēģijām fotogrāfijas pasaulē. Visi aicināti iesaistīties un uzdot sev interesējošos jautājumus.

On August 15 at 6PM we are excited to host an opportunity to meet and engage with the international artists and curator for the exhibition "Valley of the Strange". The event will begin with an artist-led tour of the exhibition and opening remarks by the curator. The following panel discussion will touch upon photography’s power to un-learn, the uncanny valley, time and mortality, and navigating the art/photography world as a young artist. Anyone is welcome to take part and ask any questions that you may have.

Valley of the Strange :: Parallel exhibition

From 15 August – 28 September the ISSP Gallery is hosting "Valley of the Strange", a Parallel Photo Platform exhibition in Riga highlighting six emerging European artists - José Alves, Cihad Caner, Federico Ciamei, Ela Polkowska, Rocco Venezia, Ana Zibelnik. The exhibition considers the role of the image in navigating past and present, while questioning how photography and film can defamiliarize our everyday encounters with the world. Opening - August 14 at 6PM.

No 15. augusta līdz 28. septembrim ISSP Galerijā notiks izstāde "Savādā ieleja". Parallel fotogrāfijas platformas izstāde Rīgā apvieno sešus jaunus Eiropas māksliniekus, kuri caur fotogrāfiju pēta laika robežas un to, kā ikdienišķais kļūst īpatnējs. Izstāde aplūko attēlu lomu pagātnes un tagadnes izpratnē, vienlaikus izceļot to, kā fotogrāfija un video ļauj ikdienu saredzēt citā, nepazīstamā gaismā. Atklāšana - 14. augustā plkst. 18.00. 

Bērnu & ģimeņu GIF darbnīca ISSP galerijā

Sestdien, 3. augustā no plkst. 12.00 - 15.00 ISSP aicina uz radošo GIF darbnīcu bērniem un ģimenēm!

Vēl līdz 7. augustam ISSP Galerijā skatāma latviešu mākslinieces Ievas Raudsepas izstāde "Tā varētu tevi arī aprīt". Tajā redzamais video darbs ir daļēji fiktīvs, daļēji dokumentāls stāsts, kas norisinās uz prāmja kaut kur starp Rīgu un Stokholmu. Darbnīcā ar fotogrāfi un pedagoģi Noru Austriņu būs iespēja tuvāk iepazīt izstādi un to, kā teksts var tikt interpretēts un parādīts video. Iedvesmojoties no īsstāstiem ar kuģu un jūras motīviem, katrs varēs apgūt prasmi veidot vienkāršu GIF animāciju un iestudēt nelielu kustību sēriju. 

Ieva Raudsepa - It Could Just Swallow You Up

No 4. jūlija līdz 7. augustam ISSP Galerijā skatāma latviešu mākslinieces Ievas Raudsepas izstāde "Tā varētu tevi arī aprīt" - daļēji fiktīvs, daļēji dokumentāls stāsts, kas norisinās uz prāmja kaut kur starp Rīgu un Stokholmu. Līdzās izstādei 3. jūlijā tika atklāta arī Ievas jaunā fotogrāmata "Kruīzā".

From July 4 to August 7 the ISSP Gallery is hosting the solo exhibition "It Could Just Swallow You Up" by Latvian artist Ieva Raudsepa. The semi-fictional, semi-documentary video piece takes place on a ferry between Riga and Stockholm. The exhibition opening and the presentation of Ieva's new book "Cruise" took place on July 3.

Pieteikšanās programmai "Attīstot fotogrāfijas valodu"

Līdz 29. jūlijam atvērta pieteikšanās ISSP Skolas divu gadu vakaru programmai ATTĪSTOT FOTOGRĀFIJAS VALODU 2019/2021! 

Programma paredzēta dalībniekiem ar priekšzināšanām un nodrošina studentiem atvērtu, radošu un kritisku vidi, kurā attīstīt savu vizuālo valodu un individuālo pieeju fotogrāfijā. Strādājot pie nelieliem un arī nopietnākiem autorprojektiem Latvijas un ārvalstu speciālistu vadībā, studenti paplašina izpratni par fotogrāfiju kā mūsdienu mākslas mediju. Vairāk:

Artist talk :: Jaana Kokko, Sergey Novikov

Trešdien, 19. jūnijā, aicinām uz ISSP Rīgas Rezidences mākslinieku Jānas Kokko (Somija) un Sergeja Novikova (Krievija) autorvakaru plkst. 18:30 ISSP telpā Berga Bazārā.

On Wednesday 19th of June 6:30 PM, we will host an artist talk by ISSP Riga Residency artists Jaana Kokko (Finland) and Sergey Novikov (Russia) - welcome! 

Bērnu & ģimeņu diena ISSP Galerijā

ISSP aicina uz bērnu & ģimeņu dienu!
Svētdien, 9. jūnijā, plkst. 12.00 - 14.00

Šobrīd ISSP Galerijā redzama mākslinieka Martina Kollara izstāde "Ekskursija" par Izraēlu. Bērnu un ģimeņu dienā būs iespēja tuvāk iepazīties ar izstādi un piedalīties radošā un izzinošā aktivitātē mākslas pedagoģes Noras Vrubļevskas vadībā. Aicinātas piedalīties ģimenes ar bērniem visdažādākajos vecumos! Ieeja bez maksas.