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

Jodi Bieber on ISSP

Jodi Bieber on ISSP (29 August 2012):
A magical space for students' struggle, growth and realisations in their photographic development with a lot of fun in between. The passion of the ISSP team carried through to all of us allowing amazing bonds to blossom. PLEASE invite me again!

Phil Toledano on ISSP

Phil Toledano on ISSP (28 August 2012):
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from ISSP, but I was suprised on all counts. The level of the students, and their ability AND desire to go beyond what they were used to. I was surprised by the intensity of the experience - how quickly we became a close-knit community, and by how much I got out of it. I was quite sad, when it was all over.

 

ISSP 2012 Evening programme

As every year, the ISSP evening programme is open to all photography lovers - free of charge! Every evening starting from Sunday, 5 August, till Friday, 10 August, we will offer a series of fascinating presentations and artist talks by ISSP masters and invited guests. On Saturday, the 11th, everyone is invited to the Opening of ISSP exhibition at the new Kuldiga Town Exhibition Hall and screening of participants final works at the open air Goldingen cinema. Take a look at the full programme of evening events and start planning your visit to Kuldīga!

ISSP 2012 participants announced

We are delighted to announce the selection of ISSP 2012 participants - 73 photographers from 24 countries of the world! The jury had a truly difficult job of choosing among a multitude of diverse and talented applicants. We couldn't accept everybody we would like to take - there are over 50 qualified candidates in the waiting list! The participants list will be updated as we receive people's confirmations. 

ISSP applications closed

The ISSP 2012 Applications desk is now officially closed! We received 238 applications from 42 countries, 6 continents!! We are a little amazed and honored by such attention. The applications will be evaluated by a committee of invited experts - Inese Baranovska, Andrejs Grants, Alnis Stakle and Arnis Balčus. The results of the evaluation will be available in the first week of June.

ISSP 2011 video is released

Whilst in preparation for the 2012 ISSP edition, we have just completed the short ISSP 2011 video. 
Sweet summer vibes!...

ISSP 2012 - dates

Dear all, for your information, the International Summer School of Photography will this year take place in Kuldiga on 4-12 August 2012. We are in process of putting together the programme. Applications will be announced as usual around end of March - stay tuned & check this site a little later.