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 applications closed

The applications for the ISSP 2014 are closed. We received over 200 applications from around 40 countries. The evaluation committee for this year are photographer Alnis Stakle (LV), Editor of FK Magazine Arnis Balčus (LV), Editor of GUP Magazine Erik Vroons (NL) and director of PhotoIreland festival Angel Luis Gonzalez Fernandez (IE). Selection results will be known in the beginning of June!

ISSP 2014 - masters & workshops

We are very pleased to announce the ISSP masters for this August: Adrian Kelterborn, Antonin Kratochvil, Mark Steinmetz, Simon Norfolk, Yurie Nagashima, Rafal Milach and Ania Nalecka! More information in masters&workshops. Call for Applications will be open from the end of March - follow this website for more information!

ISSP 2014 - save the dates!

Dear friends, the dates for this year ISSP are 2 - 10 August and we will announce call for applications in the end of March as usual. Location unchanged - Pelči, Kuldīga!

ISSP 2013 Prints Auction

Attention! The online ISSP 2013 Prints Auction is open from 5 December until Tuesday 10 December 21:00 GMT (23:00 Latvian time) - acquire beautiful prints from more than 55 photographers and support ISSP activities in 2014! 

Baltā nakts 2013

Baltajā naktī rādīsim ISSP 2013 noslēguma darbu projekcijas LU Botāniskajā dārzā, pasākuma "Šķūnis" ietvaros. Laipni lūgti!

ISSP izstāde Kuldīgā / ISSP Exhibition in Kuldīga

We cordially invite everyone to the opening of the ISSP 2013 Final works exhibition on 10th August in Kuldīga Arts hall! / Laipni lūgti ISSP 2013 noslēgumu darbu izstādes atklāšanā 10.augustā Kuldīgas Mākslas namā! 

ISSP 2013 vakaru programma

Ik vakaru no svētdienas 4.augustam līdz piektdienai 9.augustam ISSP mītnē Pelčos, Kuldīgas novadā notiks unikālas ISSP meistaru lekcijas un prezentācijas ISSP vakaru programmas ietvaros. Tradicionāli, ISSP vakaru programma ir atvērta visiem fotogrāfijas interesentiem bez maksas - laipni lūgti!