Call for Applications - International Summer School of Photography 2018, Latvia

Publish Date: Feb 12, 2018

Deadline: Mar 30, 2018

Event Dates: from Jul 28, 2018 12:00 to Aug 05, 2018 12:00

Call for Applications - International Summer School of Photography 2018

The applications for the ISSP 2018 are now open! After a year-long creative break, the International Summer School of Photography is back with some fresh shifts in the programme! ISSP 2018 will take place from 28 July – 5 August 2018 in Kuldīga, featuring four cutting edge workshops by Jason Fulford, Lisa Barnard, Salvatore Vitale & Sarker Protick, Yumi Goto & Jan Rosseel, a special workshop for photography curators with Natasha Christia, and a brand new on-campus ISSP Residency! See complete programme here. ISSP is excited to be back and look forward to receiving applications by 30 March!  


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. 

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 daily schedule consists of group activities in the workshops, individual work on photography projects, and evening talks and presentations by tutors, participants and guests. One afternoon is dedicated to portfolio reviews. There is a multitude of options for extra-curricular activities like morning exercises, evening bar, swimming in the surrounding ponds, and getting to know the fellow participants. The event is concluded by a joint installation and opening of the exhibition of the participants' works at Kuldīga Arts Hall, a public screening of the final works in the town, and the legendary ISSP Gala night. Don't expect too much time for sleep.

Location & facilities

The ISSP takes place in the village of Pelči near Kuldīga in Western Latvia. Kuldīga (population 13,500) is one of the oldest and most charming small towns in Latvia, which has preserved its medieval appearance of 17th century Courlandian capital. The old German name of the town is Goldingen, and secret medieval manuscripts hint that this might have been the place where the treasures of templars were kept, giving foundation to the rise of the town castle in the 13th century.

The old town of Kuldīga with its maze of roof-tiled buildings, and the river Venta with Europe's widest (proven 250 meters wide!) waterfall are the town’s prime attractions, along with numerous cultural events geared to the inhabitants and visitors alike. In 2007, Kuldīga won the "Best Emerging European Rural Destination of Excellence”, it's historic center is on the way of becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

The ISSP is housed at Pelči boarding school, 8 km away from Kuldīga. Situated between the village, several fish ponds and a forest, the campus includes two school buildings with classrooms and living quarters, an old park, and an impressive 19th century Castle where most of the workshop activities take place.

Facilities at the campus

The ISSP campus has everything necessary to produce a quality project and exhibition in a short time. The ISSP Digital lab is equipped with scanners and printers. Wireless internet is available in the workshop rooms and common residential areas. 

On analogue vs. digital process: ISSP strongly advises the participants to work in digital in order to save precious learning time. If you must however, it is possible to develop colour 36 and 120 mm film (C41 process) at the local lab in Kuldīga (please mind a log time of up to one day). Those who wish to develop BW film by hand, ISSP can provide tools and chemicals at the campus. There are no facilities for analogue darkroom printing. 

Participants are invited to bring books and publications to share for the duration of the event.

There is a regular transport connection between Pelči and Kuldīga by local bus, free of charge for the ISSP participants.

Who can apply?

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. 

To apply

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. 
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. 

ISSP 2017 participation fees, costs and subsidies

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.

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