Applications are now open for the fourth edition of the ISSP International Masterclass – a year-long mentorship and networking programme for emerging photographers. During the masterclass, 24 participants develop conceptually strong personal projects under the guidance of experienced photography tutors and in close collaboration with an international group of peers. The masterclass offers three workshop sessions in Latvia, Lithuania and Sicily, with regular online feedback in between. Two thematic classes with different mentors are offered every year.

Commencing in October 2019, the ISSP International Masterclass 2019/2020 offers long-term supervision by renowned American photographer, editor and author Jason Fulford (class “What Shall I Love if not the Enigma?”) and UK based documentary photographer and photography professor Lisa Barnard (class "Rhizomes: Political Constellations"). During the second and third sessions, independent feedback on the participants’ work will be provided by invited leading industry experts, editors and curators. 

The programme is open to recent graduates from academic programmes and self-taught photographers alike and offers regular mentoring, networking and international exposure opportunities - a solid support structure for developing a conceptually strong body of work.  Emerging photographers from Europe and beyond who have experience in pursuing extended projects and wish to take their work to the next level are invited to apply. 24 participants will be selected based on the applications. Subsidies are available for Latvian participants and one foreign participant who cannot afford the full participation fee. 

The website also features work by the alumni of the three previous Masterclass cycles: Class 2018/2019 with Peter Bialobrzeski, Gordon MacDonald and Clare Strand, Class 2016/2017 with Phil Toledano and Simon Norfolk, and Class 2015/2016 with Aaron Schuman, Yuri Kozyrev and Andrei Polikanov. Our former participants have gone on to actively exhibit and publish resulting work, and 2015/2016 graduate Terje Abusdal was awarded the 2017 Leica Oscar Barnack Award for his project “Slash & Burn” developed within the Masterclass.

The Masterclass is organised by ISSP, an international non-commercial education and networking platform for photographers, based in Latvia. The programme builds on thirteen years of experience running the International Summer School of Photography as well as other ISSP international education and exchange projects. More info:

The ISSP International Masterclass 2019/2020 is organized in partnership with Kuld?ga District Council, MINIMUM studio in Palermo, Nida Art Colony, SONY, Media partners: The Calvert Journal, FK, YET and GUP Magazines.

Event informations

The call is open until June 25 2019. 

Detailed information and applications: