K: Well, I like what you said that a lot of people use the camera as a way of “being-in-the-world” but in my mind, the theme is a reminder to look beyond yourself... like, there’s a whole world out there, don’t lose perspective. “Photography” has quickly become its own topic, its own field of study, its own art form, its own hobby or passion. And it’s so easy to get lost in that I think that we have to keep reminding ourselves that it’s just one thing and even a silly little thing.
N: Hm, I agree that “photography and the world” helps us to get grounded, to be aware that the camera is only a tool to achieve something. This very basic thought is often forgotten and things become as if photography itself was the world.
H: Yes! I often catch myself reading out-raged rants online about everything from tattoos and tv-shows to photography and Foucault... And then I think, “what IS this? How can we all lose perspective so often?”

- from a chat session between editors Katherine, Nico B, and Helen

Created and launched during the ISSP 2019 in Zaļenieki, Latvia, the 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, Helen Korpak, Nico Baumgarten, Nicolas Polli, Demelza Watts

Produced in partnership with Antalis, printed by NRJ Printing in Riga, Latvia, July 2019, edition of 300 copies

More information and free PDF here

ISSP 2015 applications are open!

We are delighted to announce the Call for Applications for the ISSP 2015, the 10th anniversary edition of the ISSP! This August in Kuldīga - storytelling and collage with Jim Goldberg, landscape with Alexander Gronsky, narrative portraiture with Alessandra Sanguinetti, nature stories with Anna Fox, photobook making with Akina Books and Nico Baumgarten and camera obscura experiments with Takashi Homma! Don't miss it - the deadline fo applications is 20 April!

ISSP experience by Anya Schiller

A home movie on the ISSP experience, by Anya Schiller, is finally out! Lots of love, photography, and cows. Based on real events at the International Summer School of Photography 2014. 

ISSP 2014 final works online

We are proud to present the final works produced by the ISSP 2014 participants this August in Kuldīga! Watch the complete series at the Final works galleries on this website and in vimeo

ISSP 2014 final exhibition

We cordially invite all photography lovers to explore the results of the ISSP 2014 at the final Exhibition in Kuldīga! The group show of ISSP participants' works will be on display until September 14 in Kuldīga Arts hall. Opening: Saturday, 9 August, 7pm - welcome!

ISSP 2014 - evening programme

Traditionally, the ISSP will offer a series of fascinating evening presentations and talks by the masters and participants at the ISSP campus in Pelči, Kuldīga district from Sunday August 3 until Saturday August 9. The evening programme is free of charge - all photography lovers are welcome!

ISSP laikā notiks foto-darbnīca Pelču jauniešiem

ISSP vasaras skolas laikā Pelču internātskolā notiks fotogrāfijas darbnīca Pelču jauniešiem "Mans Stāsts". Darbnīca tiks integrēta ISSP pasākumā un tās dalībnieki apgūs fotogrāfijas pamatus, mācoties izteikties par sevi un pasauli ar attēlu palīdzību, radot personiskos foto stāstus. Darbnīcas rezultāti tiks izstādīti ISSP gala izstādē Kuldīgas Mākslas namā.

ISSP 2014 participants announced

The list of selected ISSP 2014 participants is online - a fascinating group of 73 from 28 countries! Congratulations!! The list is pending participants' confirmations, there are many more qualified candidates in the waiting list. We will contact everyone by email in the coming days. Looking forward for amazing August!