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Call for Applications - International Summer School of Photography 2018

Call for Applications – International Summer School of Photography 2018


The International Summer School of Photography (ISSP) is an immersive education and networking event for emerging photographers, artists working with photography, and students of photography and art. Taking place deep in the Latvian countryside since 2006, the ISSP offers advanced masterclasses by renowned tutors in combination with exciting programme of evening talks and presentations, portfolio reviews, a group exhibition, and more. ISSP participants and mentors come from over 30 countries around the world.

ISSP 2018 will take from 28 July to 5 August 2018 in Kuldīga, Latvia, hosting workshops with Jason Fulford, Lisa Barnard, Yumi Goto and Jan Rosseel, Salvatore Vitale and Sarker Protick, a workshop for photography curators with Natasha Christia and a new on-campus ISSP Residency.

Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure to cooperate with excellent artists and professionals such as Jim Goldberg, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Takashi Homma, Anna Fox, Alexander Gronsky, Peter Bialobrzeski, Vanessa Winship, George Georgiou, Roger Ballen, Andrei Polikanov, Yuri Kozirev, Michael Ackerman, Marcos Lopez, Claudine Doury, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, David Bate, Jodi Bieber, Phil Toledano, Hellen van Meene, Christian Caujolle, Bas Vroege, Hans van der Meer, Todd Hido, Elina Brotherus, Simon Norfolk, Rafal Milach and others.

If you have chosen photography as a profession or artistic practice, and wish to bring your relationship with the medium to a new level through a concentrated learning experience while meeting colleagues from all over the world, ISSP is for you!

ISSP sustains a non-commercial approach to photography – the event was created to support the advancement of talented young photographers from Latvia and the region, which remains our greatest aim. The fees are kept as low as possible and a number of subsidies are available for young photographers from Latvia and the CIS. Any proceeds from the event are invested in the educational activities of the ISSP association and the new ISSP Gallery in Riga.


The ISSP is designed for emerging photographers – young professionals (irrespective of age), artists working with photography, students of photography and art, and advanced amateurs with practical knowledge and a keen interest in photographic practice. You must have an active relationship with the medium of photography and a desire to bring it to a new level via an intense learning experience.
Workshop no.5 is open for professional or emerging curators working with photography.

Please make sure you fulfil the basic requirements:

  • You have an active interest in photography as a medium of self-expression or chosen profession, and have engaged yourself in studying photography in a formal or informal education programme or by means of self-study;
  • You have completed at least one long-term photographic project;
  • You are proficient with the use of your camera and post-processing of your images (technical elements of photography are not a part of the curricula);
  • You are able to understand and express yourself freely in English, the official language of the ISSP;
  • You are at least 18 years old; there is no upper age limit for participation.
  • NB! The participants must agree to adhere to the rules of ISSP;
  • Bringing your own laptop for post-processing of the images is a near necessity;

Photographers of all backgrounds, interests and ages are encouraged to apply. ISSP participants come from over 30 countries of the world, 5 continents. We provide visa invitations to participants who need it, but you are responsible for all visa-related costs yourself.


The ISSP is a non-commercial event, aimed to promote the development of emerging photographers in Latvia and the broader Eastern Europe region. The fees are kept as low as possible to allow the most talented participants to take part.

1. Full participation fee – 700 EUR
ISSP participation fee includes campus accommodation and full board (3 meals a day) for 8 days, as well as local transport in Kuldīga.
The participants are responsible for the costs of production and printing of their work, transport to the location (including visa-related costs if necessary) and incidental expenses during the workshop.

2. Subsidised participation fee – 350 EUR
ISSP is offering a limited number of fee subsidies for talented young photographers (and curators) from the Baltic countries and CIS who for objective reasons cannot afford to pay the full fee. In order to qualify for the fee subsidy you must be a national or permanent resident of one of the following countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Central Asian Republics. Those applying for a subsidy should provide a detailed justification in the application form. Preference is given to candidates up to 35 years of age. The decision on granting of a subsidy is taken by ISSP.


ISSP has a limited number of places – we can host up to 60 participants in five workshops (12 per workshop) and around 12 for the Residency. The participants are selected based on their applications and submitted portfolios. The main selection criteria are the quality of work and motivation.
The evaluation of applications is performed by a panel of external experts – editors Paola Paleari (YET Magazine, CH), Katherine Oktober Matthews (GUP Magazine, NL), Lisa Premiyak (The Calvert Journal, UK) and Louise Clemens (director of Format Festival, UK).
The final decision on admissions and workshop allocation is taken by ISSP.  When admitted, you will be offered a place at a specific workshop, based on the priorities expressed in the application.

Submit an electronic APPLICATION FORM including a small selection of images from your latest projects. Please also include your motivation for taking part in a specific workshop/s or Residency. Application deadline : 30 March 2018.
The results of the selection process will be communicated by the end of April.
The students must confirm their participation by payment of the advance participation fee within 5 days of notification.

The official web-page.

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