The ISSP International Masterclass is a year-long international mentorship programme for emerging photographers. The programme runs in two thematic classes led by renowned photography masters - the best of the best of our 12-year long ISSP experience. As part of the programme, 24 selected photographers (12 in each class) develop conceptually strong artistic and documentary projects using the guidance of their mentors and support of the international group of peers.

The masterclass includes three workshop sessions - two in Latvia and one in partner location in Europe, and online feedback sessions in between. During the last session, invited external experts - photography editors, critics and curators - offer in-depth comments on the created work. The masterclass is completed by a demo exhibition of resulting works. See programme for more details. 

The Masterclass is the next step in a serious career in photography, offering the participants regular mentoring, networking and international exposure opportunities. The group is truly international, following best ISSP traditions - photographers from Latvia, Europe and further locations are encouraged to apply. 

The first Masterclass cycle (2015/2016) with Aaron Schuman and Yuri Kozyrev & Andrei Polikanov was completed in March 2016 - see Alumni & works for resulting work. The Masterclass 2016/2017 with Simon Norfolk and Phil Toledano is currently onging. 

The applications for the Masterclass 2018/2019 with Clare Strand & Gordon MacDonald and Peter Bialobrzeski will be announced in fall 2017; the programme will begin in March 2018.

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 since 2006, as well as international mentorship projects like European Borderlines and Middle Town

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