SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2021 – submit your photobook dummy!

Despite the current circumstances, we are determined to organise the fifth SELF PUBLISH RIGA edition this year, as part of Riga Photomonth 2021, whatever form the event might take, and we are waiting for your book dummies till May 17th 2021. We still expect the physical dummy as we hope to be allowed to open a pop-up photobook exhibition this Summer, but as the jury work will take place both at the ISSP office in Riga and online, we also would need you to send us your dummy in a pdf format. The author of the winning dummy will be awarded an exhibition at the ISSP Gallery. Additionally, we have teamed up with a top service provider FineArtPrint to grant a credit towards printing and framing to the author of the best dummy from the Baltic states.

A shortlist of the submitted dummies will be part of the SELF PUBLISH RIGA exhibition we hope to organise Summer 2021 at the ISSP Gallery in Riga. The shortlist and the winners will be announced in the end of May 2021.

The jury: Bruno Ceschel (founder and director of Self Publish, Be Happy), Evita Goze (curator of ISSP Gallery and SELF PUBLISH RIGA, independent writer, photographer), Milo Montelli (founder and director of the independent publishing house Skinnerboox), Alexey Murashko (book designer, typographer), Daria Tuminas (researcher and curator. She has been working as the head of Unseen Book Market and Dummy Award at Unseen Amsterdam. Curator at FOTODOK.).

Send us your dummy and win an exhibition at the ISSP Gallery! More info on applying: HERE.

SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2021 winners announced!

We are excited to announce the winners of the SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2021 dummy contest! The first prize goes to “An ordinary story” by Nadezhda Ermakova (Russia) and the prize for the best Baltic dummy is awarded to “Half Houses” by Inga Navickaitė-Drąsutė (Lithuania). Congratulations to the winners and authors of the shortlisted dummies! 


No 1. jūnija līdz 1. jūlijam ISSP Galerijā skatāma SELF PUBLISH RIGA izstāde, kas piedāvā iepazīties ar vairākām grāmatu kolekcijam: "Paris Photo – Aperture PhotoBook Awards" 2020, "Africa in the Photobook", "Nordic Dummy Award", Latvijas, Lietuvas un Igaunijas pēdējo gadu fotogrāmatas, kā arī labākie konkursam iesūtītie fotogrāmatu maketi un Annas Volkovas īpaši veidotā instalācija “Stikla Strenči dažos vārdos”. SELF PUBLISH RIGA ir viens no galvenajiem Rīgas Fotomēneša notikumiem, kas veltīts fotogrāmatām un pašizdošanai.

From June 1 until July 1 the ISSP Gallery will host the SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2021 exhibition of several fascinating photobook collections and a special installation dedicated to the "Glass Strenči". The event is dedicated to photobooks and self-publishing and is one of the main events of Riga Photomonth.