Alumni Testimonials

Fabrice Dunou, Spéos 2011

Fabrice DUNOU
France
www.photographe-architecture.fr

I absolutely wanted to have a complete training in photography before starting my photography business. I chose Spéos for several reasons: complete training in one year, self-service studios for practice and personal work, and the international environment.

The training allowed me to go beyond the expected technical level. In addition to the technical courses, the photography market and ways to promote his work were addressed, topics very important when you create your own business. I really appreciated the analytical approach of some courses that allow me today to deal with the many constraints encountered during shootings.

I would recommend Spéos to anyone wishing to work in photography. My advice: The more technical knowledge you have before training, the more you will learn details that make the difference!

Cihan Ünalan, Spéos 2011

Cihan ÜNALAN
Turkey
www.cihanunalan.com

Having a background in advertising, I thought I had a very clear understanding of what I wanted to do in terms of photography.

After just a few months into my education at Spéos, I began to realize how much more that I could do and how to do it in order to differentiate myself in my field.

With a very thorough education and so many wonderful memories, Spéos is a time of my life that I will always treasure.

Medina Dugger, Spéos 2010

Medina DUGGER
USA
www.medinadugger.com

Spéos was so much more than a photography school, it was a major life experience. It provided me the opportunity to develop and refine photographic skills in the dream setting of Paris alongside classmates and instructors from all over the world. Spéos is as valuable for the networking and contacts it provides as the photographic knowledge gained. I developed friendships and connections I know will last my lifetime and which have led me to very exciting places.

I am now a freelance photographer working for the African Artists’ Foundation in Lagos Nigeria, where I just assisted coordinating and curating the 2nd annual LagosPhoto Festival.

I give Spéos my highest recommendation to aspiring photographers. It is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity that exceeded my expectations in every way imaginable.

Cerise Doucède, Spéos 2010

Cerise DOUCÈDE
France
www.cerisedoucede.fr

After a Master’s in graphic design, I got interested in photography. To be able to work as quickly as possible, I was looking for a short and efficient program.

At Spéos I gained within a year a good technical level and a personal style, mainly through the courses in visual identity. The Expert Modules after the 32-week Program allowed me to further develop my personal project. With these essential skills, which allowed me to start working professionally, I managed to reach my main objective.

The school later introduced me to the competition of the Royal Monceau, which was a perfect match for my recent photographic work. Having won the first prize is a milestone for me, which was followed by the prestigious Prix HSBC won in 2013.

Lou Yang, Spéos 2010

Lou YANG
China
www.louyang.net

I studied at Spéos in 2010 and I have been working as a professional photographer since then.

I chose Spéos because it is one of the best photography school in France and it is based in Paris.
If you work in the fashion industry, then Paris is the best place to be to find resources and opportunities!

To work as a fashion photographer, I needed a team: Spéos connected with make-up and fashion designer schools. It really helped mestart my career!

Juliana Manara, Spéos 2010

Juliana MANARA
Brazil, UK
www.julianamanara.com

I was living in Sao Paulo/Brazil after graduating in communication and media, I had a camera and as an emerging amateur photographer I started to get some freelance jobs. I then realized that photography was something I wanted to specializeinto and I needed to learn more to be able to became a professional!

Paris was a city that attracted me by the cultural and inspiring life style and it’s also famous for its creative schools and Spéos is part of it. The reason I chose Spéos, instead of another institution, was because it provided a complete photography program (in a shorter time then universities) exploring all the areas of the fieldsthat help students to identify themselves and experiment a bit of everything before specializing in one area.

I had an amazing year at Spéos and it is one of my favorite memories.I learned a lot of lighting techniques from studio, printing and computer imaging and visual identity changed the way I see photography. I developed a new photographic style what I thought was never possible. I had lectures with 2 well known photographers (Paolo Roversi and Bettina Rheims) and listening to their advices and experiences through their amazing careers brought me a lot.

I felt in love with fine art photography and I realized it was a possible career: it opened my mind to create more personal projects.I had my first artwork sold during Spéos end-of-the-year Exhibition and a first award from an assignment project I developed during the classes!

Such recognition wouldn’t be possible or wouldn’t happen if I were not enrolled. It changed my direction completely.

In 2014 Spéos invited me to lecture at London (where I live now) and it has been also another great experience to teach and share all I have learned through all those years.

Pierre Pherivong, Spéos 2006 and also Spéos 2010

Pierre PHERIVONG
France
pierrepherivong.com

I was looking for a photography school whose program would be efficient – very focused on the practice of photography and retouching – and whose teaching would be provided by recognized professionals. What’s more, a schoolwithprofessionalequipment and enoughspace to work.
That’s exactly what I found at Spéos. I had the opportunity to freely use the studios to experiment and retouch at leisure on school computers, and I had the means to work much what we had studied during classes.

I had a wonderful experience at Spéos. The Professional Photography in 1 year Program allowed me to master the artificial light and gave me confidence in my artistic choices. The following year, I worked for modeling agencies. I was able to perfect the learning received at Spéos by releasing myself from the technique and be thus exclusively focused on coaching the model or models as well as on my artistic research.

I would recommend Spéos because, in this school, everything is done to succeed – human and material resources. The only very good learning at Spéos is not enough: it is also necessary to experiment, read and learn to express all its own individuality, its vision of the world.

Simon Brodbeck, Spéos 2005

Simon BRODBECK
France
www.BrodbeckDebarbuat.com

During my year at Spéos, what I liked was to be able to get in touch with all aspects of photography: the theory, the studio, the digital work, the lab.
This enrichment allows to quickly acquire a global technical background. Once this base is integrated, it is really easier to focus on its own work and approach: what do I want to express and how will it fit into photography today?

Tari Beroszi, Spéos 2005

Tari BEROSZI
Puerto Rico
www.tariberoszi.com

Having studied at Spéos is one of the best things that has happened to me in my life.
France is the country where photography was invented and it was a privilege to study in its capital.

Spéos is a great school whichgave me an ideal atmosphere to develop my photographic skills both technically as well as conceptually. During the year I studied there, I was able to refine my artistic language and make high quality potos which also carry a message.

Being surrounded by classmates from many different countries and cultures exposed me to diversity, which made my experience highly enriching and inspiring.

Spéos strengthened my confidence as a photographer and artist.