Event informations

Applications are now open for the 12th edition of the International Summer School of Photography (ISSP), taking place from 28 July – 5 August in Kuldīga, Latvia. After a year-long creative break, ISSP has returned with some fresh shifts in the programme – alongside four workshops with cutting edge voices in contemporary photography, there is also a dedicated workshop for curators, while the new ISSP Residency offers an opportunity for individuals to work on projects at their own pace, using all the resources of the ISSP Campus. The week also features portfolio reviews and an exciting evening programme of artist talks and presentations. Previous ISSP participants come from over 30 countries, 5 continents.

ISSP 2018 offers a diverse choice of workshops by internationally acclaimed photographers and experts:


Jason Fulford (US) – Visual Language: How Pictures Speak to Each Other

Lisa Barnard (UK) – Archive Fever

Salvatore Vitale & Sarker Protick – The Narrative Impulse

Yumi Goto & Jan Rosseel – Photobook as Object

Natasha Christia – Curating Photography: A Laboratory of Ideas, Projects and Practices


ISSP Residency - individual creative work, supported by resident experts Federico ClavarinoNico Baumgarten and Nicolas Polli


Set in a unique Latvian countryside location that makes close interaction between participants, tutors and staff an integral part of the event, the ISSP is focused on practice based learning – throughout the week, each student creates an individual project under the guidance of their tutor. The week is concluded with the opening of a group exhibition in Kuldīga. 

ISSP 2018 is an immersive education and networking event for emerging photographers, artists working with photography, and students of photography and art. 72 participants (12 in each masterclass and 12 in the Residency) will be selected on the basis of a competitive applications process by the editors of The Calvert, GUP and YET Magazines and the Format Photography Festival. 

Detailed information and applications: ej.uz/issp2018 

The call is open until March 30. 

Association ISSP is a non-commercial education and networking platform for emerging photographers, based in Latvia but acting internationally. The ISSP 2018 is supported by Kuldīga District Council, EPSON, drukalabak.lv, HP and SONY. Media partners: The Calvert Journal, FK, YET and GUP Magazines, Satori.lv, Photographic Museum of Humanity and Format International Photography Festival.