International Summer School of Photography, 6 - 14 August 2016, Latvia

Publish Date: Apr 19, 2016

Deadline: May 08, 2016

Event Dates: from Aug 06, 2016 12:00 to Aug 14, 2016 12:00

Who can apply?

The ISSP is designed for emerging photographers - young professionals (disregarding of age), students of photography and art, artists using photography, and advanced amateurs with practical knowledge and 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. 

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 must;
  • Participation in the ISSP for more than 3 consecutive years is not encouraged - the long-term participants are welcome to apply as volunteers.

Latvian and foreign 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. 

To apply

Submit an electronic APPLICATION FORM including a small portfolio selection of up to 12 photographs from your latest projects. Please also include your motivation to take part in a specific workshop/s.
Application deadline: 8 May 2016

The results of the selection process will be communicated by the end of May.
The students must confirm their participation by payment of the advance participation fee within 5 days of notification. 

ISSP 2016 participation fees, costs and subsidies

The ISSP is a non-commercial event, aimed to promote the development of emerging photographers in Latvia and 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 - 600 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 - 300 EUR
ISSP is offering a limited number of fee subsidies for talented young photographers 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 under 35 years of age and 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. The decision on granting of subsidy is taken by ISSP.

3. Flâneur subsidy - The Inhabited Image
The workshop The Inhabited Image by Federico Clavarino is taking place within the EU project "Flâneur - New Urban Narratives"; the participants of this workshop with EU nationality are entitled to a reduced participation fee of 200 EUR (see more information in Masters & workshops). 

Selection of participants

ISSP has a limited number of places - we can host up to 72 participants (12 per workshop). 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: 
- Louise Clemens (director of Format Festival, UK)
- Salvatore Vitale and Paola Paleari (editors of YET Magazine, CH)
- Ann-Christin Bertrand (curator, C/O Berlin, DE)
- Anastasiia Fedorova (editor, The Calvert Journal, 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. The workshop allocation is performed taking into account the quality of applications as well as basic group dynamics factors. 


In the unlikely case of cancellation of a workshop, the participants will be offered a place in a different workshop or fully reimbursed the advance payments. In case the participants cancel participation from their side, neither advance nor paid participation fee is returned. 

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