​Open Call: The International Summer School of Photography



The International Summer School of Photography (ISSP) is an annual educational and networking event for emerging photographers. It provides the opportunity to immerse into 9 days of intense visual experience in the Latvian countryside. ISSP 2019 is themed ‘Photography and the World’, and it will be dedicated to current socio-political and environmental issues.

Since 2006, the programme, that selects 72 participants based on their portfolios, has been offering 6 advanced masterclasses all taught by renowned international tutors. In the past, the school has collaborated with photographers and experts like Todd Hido, Anna Fox, Takashi Homma, Hans van der Meer among others; and regularly partners with international photography media such as GUP, YET Magazine, FK Magazine, The Calvert Journal and Photographic Museum of Humanity. In combination with an exciting programme of evening talks, presentations and portfolio reviews, the experience at ISSP creates new ways of exchanging ideas within a thriving community of young photographers from over 30 countries around the world.

ISSP 2019: All six workshops of the programme will explore the position of photography in relation to political activism, climate change, community engagement, and spirituality. Among the photographers and visual artists, the occasion will count with the presence of activists, writers, environmental scientists and visual anthropologists who will contribute to the discussion with their diverse perspectives. On the last day of the event, there will be an exhibition of the student's outcome, a performance, a manifest, as well as a presentation of the publication that will be produced on campus.

The tutors of ISSP 2019 are:

Mathieu Asselin & Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo with the workshop: The Camera as Political Apparatus

Anthony Luvera & Vincen Beeckman with the workshop: (Un)Making Images Together: Photography and Collaboration

The Cool Couple (Niccolò Benetton and Simone Santilli) with the workshop: Astronauts vs. Poets: Utopia, Dystopia and Visual Ecology

Natasha Caruana with the workshop: The Personal as Political

Alfonso Borragán with the workshop: Photography and Ritual: The Revealing Machine

Tanya Habjouqa with the workshop: Storytelling as a Tool for Social Change

Important information:

International Summer School of Photography

13th edition: Photography and the World

12 – 20 July 2019

Location: Zaļenieki Manor, Jelgava district, Latvia

Applications open until 10 April 2019