photo: Alessandra Sanguinetti, from the series “The Adventures of Guille and Belinda”

:: ISSP 2015 Evening Programme ::

2-7 August 2015, every day from 20:00
At Pelči Boarding School, Pelči village, Kuldīga district
-Free entrance-

As part of our very special 10th anniversary edition, ISSP offers a series of fascinating photography presentations and talks by ISSP masters and participants at our campus in Pelči, Kuldīga district. The ISSP evening programme is open to all photography and visual art lovers free of charge - you are welcome! 

:: Sunday, August 2 ::

20:00 - 20:40 "Into the Wild" - presentation of the workshop for Pelči youngsters; presentations by Vincen Beeckman (BE) and Vika Eksta (LV)

20:40 - 21:00 presentation by Kuldīga Artist in Residence Adam Golfer (US)

21:10 - 23:00 Participants' Portfolio Night I - presentations by ISSP 2015 participants: Dario Bosio (IT), Federico Estol (UY), Paulina Stadnik (RU), Camilla Pongiglione (IT), Madeno 万里 (JP), Marta Berens (PL), Bojan Mrđenović (HR), Ramona Güntert (DE), Mikhail Novitskiy (RU), Kristina Podobed (UA), Marcin Plonka (PL).


:: Monday, August 3 ::

20:00 - 21:15 Part I: Artist talk, Jim Goldberg (US)

Jim Goldberg (Magnum Photos) has been exhibiting for over 30 years and his innovative and experimental use of image and text make him a landmark photographer of our times, often exploring socially relevant themes.

21:30 - 22:45 Part II: Artist talk, Alessandra Sanguinetti (US), "Far away and long ago"

Known for her evocative and emotional portraits, acclaimed documentary photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti has lived and worked extensively in the US and Argentina. She will talk about her start in photography, giving an overview or her work and process.


:: Tuesday, August 4 ::

20:00 - 21:15 Part I: Artist talk, Anna Fox (UK), “Telling Tales”

British documentary photographer and professor Anna Fox is known for her colorful, saturated and ironic take on British public life and everyday culture. In recent years, her focus also includes staged photography, using the stories told by real people. 

21:30 - 22:30 Part II: Artist talk, Andrew Bruce (UK), “Cold Air Rising”

Andrew Bruce is an artist working primarily with photography. His work deals with the position of animals in relation to culture and to the natural world. Using allegorical strategies, Bruce questions our modern relationship to nature.


:: Wednesday, August 5 ::

20:00 - 21:15 Part I: Artist talk, Takashi Homma (JP), “Contemporary Japanese Photography”

Takashi Homma is one of the most well-known photographers in his native Japan, and also lived and worked in London. He regularly teaches and writes about photography, and has influenced a the new generation of photographers. Homma will talk about his own work as well as the development of Japanese photography.

21:30 - 23:00 Part II: Artist talk, Alexander Gronsky (RU/LV)

Alexander Gronsky is one of the most well-known of the new generation of Russian photographers. Starting his career as a press photographer, he eventually turned to personal, documentary projects and is now taking an increasingly conceptual approach to landscape.


:: Thursday, August 6 ::

20:00 - 22:00 Alex Bocchetto (Akina Books, IT/UK) and Nico Baumgarten (DE), "Books we love / books we hate – a rational-emotional discussion about the form and content of photobooks"

Akina Books is an independent publishing house of hand-made photobooks, established in 2012, and gaining recognition in the art world with recent editions. Photographer and bookmaker Nico Baumgarten has self-published 4 photobooks and run workshops internationally. Both will briefly outline their work and define what it is that interests them about and inside photobooks. After a short introduction about what makes a book a photobook, they will engage in a controversial discussion about their favorite books or books they really don't like.


:: Friday, August 7 ::

20:00 - 20:40 presentations by Kuldīga Artists in Residence Cemil Batur Gökçeer (TR), Maija Saavolainen (FI)

20:50 - 23:00 Participants' Portfolio Night II - presentations by ISSP 2015 participants: Ekaterina Anokhina (RU), Maria Baoli (ES), Ingrid Gustafsson (FI), Dimitri D'ippolito (IT), Constanze Flamme (DE), Malgorzata Bielecka (PL), Maria Kapajeva (EE), Katrine Skovsgaard (DK), Beata Stencel (PL), Olivier Brossard (FR), Hayley Austin (UK), Joachim Bøgedal Jensen (DK), Anastasia Shpilko (RU), Iwauko Murakami (JP).


:: Saturday, August 8 ::

19:00 - Opening of the ISSP 2015 Exhibition at Kuldīga Arts Hall 

22:00 - Screening of the ISSP final works at Kuldīga Open-Air Cinema 

The aftermath - Riga programme 

:: Tuesday, August 11 ::

18:00 - 20:30 ISSP 2015 Artist talks in Riga: Jim Goldberg, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Nordic Club House (Kalēju iela 3)

All the talks will be held in English. 

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NB! ISSP does not provide catering or accommodation for guests. You can stay overnight in Kuldīga, or those who need a place to stay overnight in Pelči can bring tents. It might be possible to find dormitory beds at the campus, you should bring a sleeping bag. 

Guests are asked to take care not to disturb the work of the ISSP workshops.

ISSP 2010 in the cooking

Hey  hey! Just in case anybody doubts it - ISSP 2010 will take place this year, disregarding all the crises!!! And it will be greater than ever, with fantastic teachers, and of course, fantastic students!:) The dates are 31 July - 8 August 2010, in Ezersala, Ludza. We are actively working on the preparations and fundraising - lets keep our fingers crossed for our yet-unconfirmed supporters and sponsors, as we hope to keep the fees down as usual…

We plan to announce the applications by the beginning of April 2010! btw, we have received two applications already - using the 2009 form. these are considered too late… upps… too early ;-))

Vanessa Winship and George Georgiou in Riga

Yes, its true - Vanessa Winship is coming to visit us again, together with her partner, another great photographer George Georgiou!

The schedule of public events that we are planning in cooperation with kim? :
23 March 2010, 19:00 - Vanessa Winship and George Georgiou: artist talk & works presentation - open event for all interested
27-28 March 2010 (2 full days) - “Documentary practice and narrative, the long term project”: double master-class, workshop - previous application required

ISSP 2009 Exhibition Opening in Riga

We are happy to announce that the ISSP 2009 results are about to be presented in Riga - the ISSP 2009 Exhibition opens on 3 December 2009, 18:30 at Goethe-Institute Riga! All the participants, family and friends of the International Summer School of Photography are invited!

ISSP 2009 exhibition in Riga

The date and time of the ISSP 2009 Vernissage in Riga is 3 December 2009, 18:30, at Goethe Institute !

The exhibition will feature a selection of most vivid works (5 per workshop), to be selected by ISSP teachers. We also very much hope to present the ISSP 2010 Catalogue!
Everyone is cordially invited!

In connection with the Opening we also present first ISSP workshop in Riga: Photoworks presentation: sequence, context & strategies or How To Get Your Work Out in Public by Kai Olaf Hesse from BerlinPhotoWorkshops. Two days, December 4-5, applications till November 20. More information coming soon!

ISSP 2009 gallery online!

Hallelujah! After a couple weeks of struggle with technicalities, the Gallery of ISSP 2009 final works is available online - see here !

If you still notice any small mistakes, please contact us!

ISSP Club evenings to start from September

We have launched a new activity - a series of ISSP club meetings in Riga! The club evenings will take place with an approximate regularity of every second week. In the programme: ISSP participants’ presentation of completed or ongoing projects, invited artists’ talks, and a special selection of photography-related movies. The main motivation is to keep up the contacts and networking among the ISSP participants.
All ISSP friends are welcome! Information on upcoming events - in your mailboxes, or at ISSP Facebook group.

Ps. Thanks to Jānis & Red Roofs Hotel for location support!

ISSP evening programme

ISSP 2009 is officially launched by now! :) The evening programme Sunday - Wednesday, as well as the Gala Event and the Opening of the Exhibition on Saturday 8 August is open for guests and visitors!