The basic ISSP School educators

Iveta Vaivode - Creativity in photography, Critique & development of personal projects

Iveta Vaivode (1979) - practicing photographer and photography teacher, programme manager of the ISSP School. Has taught photography since 2008. Works professionally with Latvia's leading fashion and lifestyle magazines, and has created advertising campaigns for several Latvian brands - Madara Zofa, Stender, etc. Has studied photography at Andrejs Grants' studio and the Bournemouth Arts Institute; currently studying for a Master's in Photography at Aalto University in Helsinki. Iveta has received several awards in international photography competitions - the Nikon Discovery Award (UK) and Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed. Photographers Gallery (UK) in 2008. In 20012, her series "Somewhere on a Disappearing Path" won the C / O Berlin Talents contest, and was nominated for the Sony World Photography Awards 2014 and Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2014.

Arnis Balčus - Narrative in documentary photography

Arnis Balčus (1978​​) is a practicing photographer. Since 2011 - editor in chief of FK Magazine. From 2004 - 2009 was living and working in London, received a master's degree in photography at the University of Westminster in 2005. Participating in exhibitions since 1994, has exhibited in Riga, London, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, etc., as well as being published in magazines such as Achtung Mode (DE), Dazed & Confused (UK), Photo & Video (RU), Foto Kvartāls (LV), Black and White Magazine (USA), etc. Also working as a journalist since 1997, writing about photography and culture for Latvian publications. Has participated as an expert at portfolio reviews in Kaunas, Derby, Madrid and Landskrona photo festivals, as well as nominating and evaluating entries for photo contests such as Prix Pictet and Google Photography Prize.

Solvita Krese - Image and text

Solvita Krese - art project curator and art critic. Graduated from the the Art Theory department of the Art Academy of Latvia, studied cultural management at Institute Marcel Hicter. Is currently working on a doctoral thesis on the interaction between art and its context. From 2000, director of the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art. Curator of several large-scale international art projects, including the contemporary art festival "Survival Kit" (since 2009). Professional areas of interest - art and the urban environment, art and its socio-political context, gender issues. Has written many academic articles on art as well as texts for exhibitions and artist catalogues.

Liāna Ivete Beņķe - Visual anthropology and photography

Liana Ivete Beņķe (1985) read media and cultural studies at the University of Sussex in the UK and Malmo University in Sweden, as well as social and cultural anthropology at the University of Latvia. Studied photography at Andrejs Grants' studio in Riga. Wrote her Master's thesis in the field of visual anthropology, researching shifts in the perception and use of photographs in the digital era. Since 20012, teaches visual anthropology and ethnographic film courses at the University of Latvia. Published articles on photography for FK Magazine and Arterritory. Works at ISSP as project manager of the community art project "Riga self/portraits"

Nico Baumgarten - Artist' book making

Nico Baumgarten (DE, 1981) is a freelance photographer and bookbinder who self-publishes photobooks. He has studied photography at the IDEP in Barcelona and bookbinding at the CFP Bauer in Milan. He tries to make the creation of the photobook a truly independent endeavor and therefore hand-binds many of his titles, designs them himself and tries out different ways in presentation, distribution and marketing of his books. Nico has self-published four books, all handmade in limited editions: 'Berlusconians / No Berlusconians' (2011), 'Leer' (2013), "ma almeno ci sei tu amore mio" (2013), “Die wachsamen Augen der Angela M.” (2014) and “How the other half lives” (soon to be released, 2015). Nico has taught photography and bookmaking workshops in Berlin, Riga, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam and Paris.

Ieva Epnere - Photography as an inspiration towards work of art

Ieva Epnere (1977) is a practicing visual artist and photography teacher. She received a master's degree in Fine Arts in The Academy of Art in Latvia, Visual Communication department. HISK, Post Academic Residency, Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Ghent (2011-2012).
Participates in exhibitions since 1996. Has exhibited in Latvia, Germany, Belgium, France, Russia, Canada, Iceland etc. Winner of kim? Residency Award 2016, Meesterproef Vlaamse Bouwmeester (Genk, Belgium) 2011 laureate, Henkel Art Award 2013 finalist. Selected exhibitions: Pyramiden and other stories (2015), Zacheta Project Room, Warsaw (solo), Identity. Behind the Curtain of Uncertainty, National Art Museum of Ukraine, 2016, 62. International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, international competition, Germany, 2016, 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art 2015, Ornamentalism. The Purvītis Prize. Latvian Contemporary Art Arsenale, Tesa 99, Venice , 2015

Kārlis Vērpe - History of the ideas in photography

Kārlis Vērpe (1982) has studied philosophy, focusing on issues of photography and the image within the fields of the philosophy of art and aesthetics, as well as cognitive theories. Over the years, his interests have shifted to theories of media and technology (human and technology interaction), as well as the philosophy of consciousness. Successfully defended his thesis devoted to understanding the experience of an image from a phenomenological point of view. Studied photography at Andrejs Grants' studio. Has published several articles devoted to photography and art in Latvian and international journals. Spent a year studying philosophy at the Johann Gutenberg University in Mainz. Currently teaching courses on the history and theory of photography, as well as the philisophy of media at the University of Liepaja.

Andrejs Grants - Creative aspects in documentary photography

Andrejs Grants (1955) Is a photographer and photography teacher with more than 30 years of experience. From 1978-1988 he was an active member of the Ogre photo studio together with renowned Latvian photographers Egons Spura, Inta Ruka, Vitauts Mihalovskis etc. Since 1979, he has led the Annas2 Photo Studio in Riga, teaching and influencing many contemporary Latvian photographers. In 2001, received the Latvian Artists' Union Award for his photography. Named "Best Foreign Photographer" at Higashikawa International Photo Festival in 2000. In 2007 - Latvian Annual Photography Award. His works can be found in the collections of the Latvian Museum of Photography, the emerging Latvian Contemporary Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Art in Odense in Denmark, the Musee de l'Elysee and private collections in Switzerland, Poland, USA, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Lithuania. Grants' work is regularly exhibited in individual and group exhibitions in various European countries.

Līga Lindenbauma - Critique & development of personal projects

Līga Lindenbauma (1983) ir mākslas zinātniece un kuratore. Latvijas Mākslas akadēmijas bakalaura (2007) un maģistra (2010) programmas beigusi ar Latvijas mākslas fotogrāfijai veltītām tēmām. Strādājusi Latvijas Laikmetīgās Laikmetīgās mākslas centrā (2004-2008), vadījusi Tukuma Mākslas muzeju (2011-2013), kopš 2013. gada ir kuratore Mūkusalas Mākslas salonā. Grupu un personālizstādes kūrē kopš 2006. gada, kā nozīmīgākās minamas "Medijis ir vēstījums? Latvijas mūsdienu fotogrāfija" (Korpusu cehs, Andrejsala, Rīga; 2008), “Un citi meklējumi, virzieni, mākslinieki Latvijā. 1960-1980” (Rīgas Mākslas telpa, Rīga; fotogrāfijas sadaļas kuratore, 2010); izstāžu sērijas "Duets" (8 izstāžu pāri, Tukuma Mākslas muzejs un pilsētvide, Tukums; 2012-2014), "Latvieši. Mīti un konteksti" (Mūkusalas Mākslas salons, Riga, 2014).

Alexander Gronsky - Field studies

Alexander Gronsky (1980) Photographer. Born in Tallinn, living in Riga, working internationally. Gronsky's photography has been published in the world's most influential photography magazines (FOAM, Aperture, OjodePez, etc.), exhibited on five different continents, and has received a considerable list of prizes: a nomination for the Kandinsky Prize in 2008, first place in Linhof Young Photographer Award and Aperture Portfolio prize winner in 2009, a Paul Huf award in Amsterdam in 2010. In 2011, his series  "Pastoral" won third place in the Word Press Photo contest "Daily Life" category. Represented by Institute for Artist Management. In 2013, his first book "Pastoral / Moscow Suburbs" was published.