Become a photographer at Speos school

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Established in 1985, Spéos has more than 30 years of experience in higher education in professional photography. Spéos is the only photo school to have been created and directed today by a professional photographer.

Spéos’ mission is to prepare students to meet current market demands and accompany them in becoming successful photographers in the field of their choice.

Be a pioneer in the market always anticipating its trends

Recognized by the industry from the start, Spéos has collaborated with many giants in the photography world: Magnum Photos, Gamma, Reuters, Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Leica, Konica, Fuji Films, Paris Match, Paolo Roversi, Dominique Issermann. Proximity to these key actors enabled the school to understand and anticipate the needs of the market, resulting in the development of the first image transmission kit in 1993. A pioneer in the field, Speos trained many from main press magazine agencies to aid them in managing their image banks.

This drive for innovation led to the development of the Stop System: the school’s own method for teaching photography. The Stop System was published by Kodak Books in both French and English, and the method is taught in the USA notably at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Today, Spéos still looks for new opportunities for photographers and for this relies on the remarkable observatory that is Prophot, the first distributor of professional photo equipment in France.

Train the photographers of tomorrow, all around the world

To keep up with customer demands and market developments, Spéos only hires professional photographers, actively working at a top level in their domains and up to date with the latest trends.

Classes take place in small groups for a personalized and tailored approach, allowing students to develop their own style and personal direction (excellent student / teacher ratio).

The focus is on practice, which requires a strong personal investment by students and a real desire to become a professional photographer.

Spéos provides students with spacious facilities equipped with state-of-the-art equipment available outside of class. (18 studios in Spéos Paris and 3 studios in Spéos London).

In order to support and help graduates take their first steps in photography, Spéos has set up the Alumni Care Program which aims to promote their work throughout the world. The Alumni network has 4,000 professional photographers in more than 50 countries.

Protecting the History of photography

Since 1999, Spéos actively protects the world heritage of photography with the ownership of the museum of the invention of photography: the Musée-Maison Nicéphore Niépce.

The museum was awarded the prestigious label “Maison des Illustres” by the Ministry of Culture in 2013, and gained sponsorship from the Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Fine Arts.

Spéos continues to actively invest in research into Nicéphore Niépce’s inventions.

From the outset, Spéos has defined its training programs to allow the future photographers the best preparation possible to succeed within an increasingly international profession.

Read the post by Pierre-Yves Mahé, creator and director of Spéos

Spéos team

Courses are taught by a dynamic team of high-level professional photographers active in their fields, and a few permanent professors, all bilingual.

Spéos team

Spéos’s studios

Spéos has a remarkable equipment–space–student ratio, allowing students to hone their skills under ideal conditions.

Premises & equipment

Invention of photography museum

Reconstructions led by Spéos have found the exact place where the very first photo was taken by its inventor: Nicéphore Niépce.

Nicéphore Niépce House Museum