Applications now open for ISSP International Masterclass 2018/2019



Applications are now open for the third cycle of the ISSP International Masterclass – a practice-based mentorship and networking programme for emerging photographers. Commencing in March 2018, the masterclass invites 24 participants to develop conceptually strong personal projects under the guidance of experienced photography tutors; this year will be led by Peter Bialobrzeski, Clare Strand & Gordon MacDonald.

ISSP is a non-commercial education and networking platform for emerging photographers, based in Latvia and acting internationally. ISSP offers high-qualitative informal education programmes and creates new ways to promote cross-border exchange of ideas in the art of photography. The Masterclass offers regular mentoring, networking and international exposure opportunities - a solid support structure for developing a conceptually strong body of work.

© Peter Bialobrzeski

The participants physically meet three times – twice in Latvia and once in Sicily – with regular online feedback in between. During the second and third sessions, independent feedback on the participants’ work will be provided by external experts, with previous cycles including leading industry experts, editors and curators like Simon Bainbridge of the British Journal of Photography, Brad Feuerhelm of American Suburb X, Emma Bowkett of FT Weekend Magazine and many more. The Masterclass is completed by a demo exhibition of the resulting works.

The Masterclass is open to recent graduates from academic programmes and self-taught photographers alike. To apply, you must submit an application form online before January 10, 2018, including an initial idea of the project you would like would like to implement together with a selection up to 15 images. You must pay a participation fee which included tuition, accommodation and complete catering during the workshop sessions in Sicily. A total of 24 participants (12 in each class) will be selected based on the applications.

Visit the ISSP Masterclass Website for more information. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2018.