The ISSP International Masterclass is a year-long international mentorship and networking programme for emerging photographers. The programme is practice-based and runs in two thematic classes led by experienced photography tutors - the best of the best of our 12-year long ISSP experience. During the year, 24 selected photographers (12 in each class) develop their artistic and documentary projects under the guidance of the tutors, through physical workshop sessions in Latvia and in Sicily and online feedback. See programme for more details. 

The programme is meant for recent graduates from academic programmes and self-taught photographers alike - those wishing to pursue an extended personal project and take their practice to the next level. The Masterclass is the next step in a serious career in photography, offering the participants regular mentoring, networking and international exposure opportunities and a support structure for developing a conceptually strong body of work. 

The ISSP International Masterclass is organised by ISSP, a non-commercial education and networking platform for emerging photographers. It builds on our experience running the International Summer School of Photography in Latvia and other education and exchange programmes since 2006. The sessions in Kuldīga are supported by Kuldīga municipality; the session in Sicily is organised in partnership with Minimum.

Two cycles of the programme have been completed so far: 2015/2016 (with Aaron Schuman and Yuri Kozyrev & Andrei Polikanov) and 2016/2017 (with Simon Norfolk and Phil Toledano) - see Alumni & works for the resulting work. 

For Masterclass' events and exhibitions, photo and video documentation of the sessions, as well as the updates on the participants' works, please see our Facebook page.


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