Photo: Esther Teichmann, Untitled from Mythologies, 2013

Every evening starting from Sunday, 4 August, till Friday, 9 August, we will offer a series of fascinating presentations and artist talks by ISSP masters, participants and invited guests. On Saturday, the 10th, everyone is invited to the opening of the exhibition of ISSP final works at the new Kuldiga Arts Hall and the screening of participants' works at the open air Goldingen cinema
Traditionally, the ISSP evening programme is open to all photography lovers - free of charge! 

ISSP 2013 evening programme


Sunday 4 August

20:00 - 21:30 “Sources & Influences” - artist talk, Todd Hido (US)

Todd Hido is an American contemporary artist and photographer. Much of his work involves urban and suburban housing across the U.S., of which the artist produces large, highly detailed and luminous color photographs. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Boston,to name a few.
In the slide show Todd will show images of his work and talk about his process openly, plus discuss his own sources, influences, and kinships.  He will show other artists & images that inform his practice as an artist.

Monday 5 August

20:00 – 21.30 Part 1: “In Search of Lightning - Stories of Love and Loss” - artist talk, Esther Teichmann (DE/US/UK)

Esther Teichmann is a German–American artist and photographer. Teichmann’s  body of work uses still and moving image, collage and painting to create alternate worlds, which blur autobiography and fiction. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, with group shows in Houston, London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Mannheim and Modena and solo exhibitions in the UK, Australia, Germany and Switzerland.
In her talk, Esther will explore relationships between loss, desire and the imaginary, interweaving psychoanalysis, philosophy and fiction with her own work. 

21:30 – 23:00 Part 2: “The Beauty of the Photobook”- Teun van der Heijden (NL)

After studying at St. Joost Academy of Art and Design in Breda Teun van der Hejden started his career as graphic designer. His collaboration with the World Press Photo made him decide to change track and focus exclusively on photography projects - books and exhibitions.Now he has become one of the most in-demand names among photographers when it comes to design their books.

What forces lie behind our judgment of beauty in art and, more specifically, in the judgment of photobooks? Teun will focus on how technical shifts and changes in the field of photography influence the way we look at the photobook.

Tuesday 6 August

20:00 - 22:00 Artist talk - Yan Morvan (FR)

Yan Morvan is a pioneer of French photojournalism. Freelance photographer since 1988, he works with major international publications and has received international acclaim for his war and conflict reports. He has published numerous books - “Bikers&co”, “Liban”, “Gang”, “Mondosex”. His last book "Gangstory" a result of 20 years of work on the delinquent gangs of Parisian suburbs came out in November 2012 and was sold out in a whim.

Part I: “Gangs story - an attempt at urban anthropology”

Yan will show around 200 images from his 40-year long project on the gangs of Paris, explaining changes in the socio-political atmosphere within the gangs themselves and their portrayal by the press. The talk will also ask the question - who is the photojournalist, a witness of human drama or a voyeuristic accomplice of the media?

Part II: Mondosex (topic of the evening: sex & violence, entry from 18 only!)

Wednesday 7 August

20:00 – 21:30 Part I: "Captured: Favorite Photo Stories from Russian Reporter Magazine" - Andrei Polikanov (RU)

Andrei Polikanov has worked in the field of photojournalism since the beginning of the 90ties - for 10 years as a photo editor for the TIME Magazine Moscow bureau, and since 2007 as director of photography at the Russian Reporter Magazine. Polikanov is a member of various national and international photo contest juries (World Press Photo, Visa d’Or in Perpignan and Interfoto Russia, among others), and a member of the Joop Swart Masterclass selection committee.

21:30 – 23:00Part II: Artist talk - Yuri Kozyrev (RU)

As a photojournalist for the past 25 years, Yuri Kozyrev has witnessed many world-changing events. Immediately after September 11 2001, he was on the scene in Afghanistan, where he documented the fall of the Taliban. He lived in Baghdad, Iraq between 2003 and 2009, photographing different sides of the conflict as a contract photographer for Time Magazine. Since the beginning of 2011, Yuri has been documenting the uprisings and their aftermaths in Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia and especially Egypt and Libya. Yuri is a founding member of NOOR agency

Thursday 8 August

Contemporary Self-Portraits project

20:00 – 21:30 Part I: presentation of Contemporary Self Portraits project in Turku, Finland - Taina Erävaara (FI)

The Contemporary Self-Portraits Project focuses on individuals and local communities in four European regions: Finland (Turku), Estonia (Tallinn), Ireland (Dublin), Latvia (Riga) and Sweden (Umeå). The project aims to give local inhabitants a voice in expressing their personal and collective identity through self-portraits created at a series of assisted self-portrait workshops in and around the project locations. Taina is the head of the project in Turku and head of Fine Arts Department of the Arts Academy at the Turku University Applied Sciences. The artistic results of the project until now will be presented.

21:30 – 23:00 Part II: “12 Years After, a body of work revisited” – artist talk, Elina Brotherus (FI/FR)

Elina Brotherus works in photography and video, mainly in the genre of self-portraits. Her photographs investigate the relationship between an individual and the space surrounding him, how does one influence the other. Elina has had numerous solo and group shows since 1997, and has published four monographs, including, most recently, Artist and her model by Le Caillou bleu, Brussels, 2012.

Friday 9 August

20:00 – 22:00 presentations of ISSP participants’ work (projects prior to ISSP)

Saturday 10 August (in Kuldīga)

19:00 - Opening of the ISSP 2013 Exhibition at Kuldīga Arts Hall (Kuldiga Town library, 1905.gada iela 6)

22:30 - Screening of ISSP final works at Kuldīga Open air cinema (“Goldingen Cinema” next to Kuldīga District museum, Pils iela 5)


NB! Guests are responsible for the entire logistics of their stay and should take care not to disturb the work of the ISSP workshops. Overnight accommodation is possible if you contact the organisers in advance.

All the evening talks take place at Pelči boarding school, Pelči, Kuldīga district.

Book launch – “Seat 68” by Paula Jansone / Paulas Jansones grāmatas “Seat 68” atklāšana

The publisher Milda Books has released a new book “Seat 68” by Latvian photographer, ISSP School’s graduate Paula Jansone. On Friday, December 11, at 6.30 PM an online presentation of the book will be streamed on Facebook.

Izdevniecība “Milda Books” laidusi klajā fotogrāfes, ISSP Skolas absolventes Paulas Jansones fotogrāmatu “Seat 68”. Piektdien, 11. decembrī, plkst. 18.30 tiešsaistē notiks tās prezentācija (angļu valodā).

Opening Day :: ISSP Weekly Planner 2021 — Natural Phenomena

Pēc gada pārtaukuma ISSP plānotājs atgriežas svaigā veidolā! Aicinām uz atklāšanas dienu 26. novembrī, kad no 12.00 līdz 20.00 ISSP Galerijā un mūsu internetveikalā to būs iespēja iegādāties par īpašu prezentācijas cenu. 

After a year-long break, the ISSP Weekly Planner returns in a fresh look! During the Opening Day, on November 26, from 12 to 8 PM the Planner will be available for a special launch price both at the ISSP Gallery and online.

Diāna Tamane – Rokas stiepiena attālumā / Within Arm's Reach

No 5. novembra līdz 2021. gada 9. janvārim ISSP Galerijā būs skatāma mākslinieces Diānas Tamanes personālizstāde "Rokas stiepiena attālumā". Atklāšanas diena – 5. novembrī visas dienas garumā - iespēja satikt mākslinieci un apskatīt izstādi viņas pavadībā.

From November 5 to January 9 2021, the ISSP Gallery is hosting the solo exhibition “Within Arm's Reach” by Latvian artist Diāna Tamane - welcome! 

Artist talk :: Thibaut Henz & David Ashley Kerr

Trešdien, 10. oktobrī, plkst. 18.30 ISSP telpās notiks tikšanās ar ISSP Rīgas rezidences mākslinieku Tibo Hencu un kuratoru Deividu Ešliju Kerru. Interesentiem būs iespēja uzzināt par viņu radošo sadarbību, Tibo līdzšinējo darbību, kā arī Rīgā topošajiem projektiem.

On Wednesday, October 28 at 6.30 PM a meeting with ISSP Riga Residency artist Thibaut Henz and his friend, colleague and curator David Ashley Kerr will take place at the ISSP. The attendees will have a chance to hear about Thibaut’s previous work, as well as projects he is now working on in Riga.

Bērnu diena ISSP Galerijā

Sestdien, 10. oktobrī, plkst. 12.00 aicinām uz Bērnu dienu ISSP Galerijā – tikšanos ar mākslinieku Andreju Strokinu viņa personālizstādē “Kosmiskās skumjas” un foto pastaigu kopā ar darbnīcas vadītāju Adelīnu Kalniņu. Aktivitātēs aicināti piedalīties bērni un ģimenes ar bērniem vecumā no 7 līdz 12 gadiem, kuriem ir pieejams viedtālrunis ar kameru.

Tim Sullivan :: What to do with the Romantics?

Trešdien, 30. septembrī, plkst. 18.30 ISSP telpās notiks pasākums “Ko iesākt ar romantiķiem?” – ISSP Rīgas rezidences mākslinieka un fotogrāfijas pasniedzēja Tima Salivana lekcija un pārdomas par fotogrāfijas lasīšanu un romantisma mantojuma noderīgumu mūsdienu attēlu veidotājiem.

On Wednesday, September 30, at 6.30 PM an event “What to do with the Romantics?” – a talk about the usefulness of Romanticism for the present-day image-makers and a meeting with ISSP Riga Residency artist and lecturer Tim Sullivan (UK) – will take place at the ISSP.

Julia Volonts :: When Words Are Not Enough: Art as a Therapeutic Tool for Community Engagement

Trešdien, 16. septembrī, plkst. 18.30 ISSP telpās notiks pasākums “Kad ar vārdiem nepietiek: māksla kā terapeitisks rīks kopienas iesaistei” – tikšanās ar mākslas terapeiti Džūliju Volonts (Julia Volonts, ASV).

On Wednesday, September 16, at 6.30 PM an event “When Words Are Not Enough: Art as a Therapeutic Tool for Community Engagement” – a meeting with art therapist Julia Volonts (USA) will take place at the ISSP.

Pieteikšanās programmai "Attīstot fotogrāfijas valodu"

UZMANĪBU! Pieteikšanās pagarināta līdz 19. jūlijam!

Atvērta pieteikšanās ISSP Skolas divu gadu vakaru programmai “Attīstot fotogrāfijas valodu” 2020/2022! Jaunā kursa sākums – 2020. gada septembrī.

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 pieredzējušu pasniedzēju vadībā, studenti paplašina izpratni par fotogrāfiju kā mūsdienu mākslas mediju. Pieteikšanās termiņš - 19. jūlijs.


1:1 - Satiec mākslinieku

Pārtraucot ieilgušo klusumu, 2. jūnijā atveram ISSP Galeriju ar performatīvu izstādi 1:1, kas aicina apmeklētājus viens pret viens satikties ar četriem māksliniekiem, kuri ar savu klātbūtni dažādos veidos iesaistīs auditoriju.

Breaking a long silence, on June 2, the ISSP Gallery will open with the performative exhibition 1:1. Visitors are invited to meet one-on-one with four different artists, who will in different ways interact with the audience.

Ronit Porat :: Appropriation of narratives

27. maijā, plkst. 18.30 tiešsaistē notiks tikšanās ar ISSP Rīgas rezidences mākslinieci Ronitu Poratu (Izraēla), kura strādā ar dažādiem fotoarhīviem, sasaistot tos ar vēsturiskiem naratīviem un ar pašas biogrāfiju.

On May 27 at 6.30 PM ISSP is inviting to join an artist talk by ISSP Riga Residency artist Ronit Porat (Israel), who has been working with various photographic archives, linking those to historical narratives and her personal biography.

Jaunums – radošās meistarklases ar Viku Ekstu un Reini Hofmani

Līdz 9. maijam atvērta pieteikšanās jaunai ISSP programmai – radošajām meistarklasēm ar atpazīstamiem jaunās paaudzes Latvijas fotogrāfiem Viku Ekstu un Reini Hofmani! Dalībnieki neatkarīgi no pieredzes ir aicināti kopīgi reflektēt un veidot fotogrāfiju sērijas par Covid-19 pandēmijas radītām pārmaiņam, tādejādi piedaloties savdabīgā vizuālā krīzes arhīva veidošanā. Meistarklases norisināsies tiešsaistē sešu nedēļu garumā no 11. un 13. maija.

Uzzini vairāk un piesakies šeit

Jaunums - "Ievads fotogrāfijā" tiešsaistē!

Atvērta pieteikšanās ISSP Skolas 8 nedēļu intensīvajam kursam "Ievads fotogrāfijā", kas sāksies 23. aprīlī un šoreiz notiks pilnībā tiešsaistē. Kurss paredzēts ikvienam fotogrāfijas interesentam, kas vēlas apgūt fotogrāfiskās domāšanas pamatus un kameras tehniskās iespējas, pildot praktiskus uzdevumus un piedaloties radošās nodarbībās. Dalībniekiem būs iespēja iespēja saņemt padomus un atgriezenisko saiti no pasniedzējiem Ivetas Gabaliņas un Reiņa Hofmaņa visā kursa garumā.