In January 1985, French photographer Pierre-Yves Mahé, passionate of innovative techniques, founded Spéos, a dynamic photography school with international vocation. He created links with the best universities (RISD, Hamilton College, Chicago Art Institute, RIT, …), who recognized the importance for their students to study abroad as part of their program.
• In 2014, Speos joins stock agency Alamy‘s 100% student project. This program is a unique way for students to get involved in stock photography: they upload their images for free and — for two years — receive 100% of the sales of their images.
• Renewal of partnership with Magnum Photos: for 5 months, students in the photojournalism specialization have been attending master classes taught by Richard Kalvar and the Magnum team.
Group project here.
• The Niépce House Museum is awarded the prestigious label Maisons des Illustres by the French Ministry of Culture.
• Lens Culture FotoFest Paris hosted for the 4th time at Speos from November 11-13.
• Lens Culture FotoFest Paris hosted for the 3rd time at Speos from November 12-14.
• Opening of Speos Alumni Studio in Paris, allowing our graduates to begin their professional careers.
• 26 ans, 26 promos, 1 expo: a collective exhibition in Arles in July.
• Lens Culture FotoFest Paris hosted for the 2nd time at Speos from November 7-9. Watch the film.
• The photography school Speos and the museum Maison Nicéphore Niépce in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes are happy to announce the online publication of Niépce – Letters and Documents, by Manuel Bonnet et Jean-Louis Marignier, the largest number of documents ever collected on the inventor of photography (1765-1833). This project is sponsored by the Académie des Sciences and the Académie des Beaux-arts.
• Initiated by the museum Maison Nicéphore Niepce, the “Route de la Photo” — a series of photo spots — invites visitors to discover Burgundy following the footsteps of the inventor of photography. Interactive Map
2010: Speos celebrates its 25th anniversary!
• The Speos students participated at the 47th Bièvres International Photofair.
• “The digital revolution”: Exhibition Opening at the Swiss Camera Museum at Vevey on April 23. Speos and the Niépce House contributed with a donation of cameras and other equipment.
• Voies Off Festival, Arles : Speos/Maison Nicéphore Niépce will be present for the 15th consecutive year in this festival. Since 1996, the Voies Off Festival has been supporting contemporary creation and varied creative practices by offering their authors a scene of international renown during the Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles. In parallel to the official programming, the Voies Off Festival displays for free the photographic work of young authors.
• Partnership with the Institut Image of ENSAM in Chalon sur Saône where were presented:
– a 3D video displaying the internal mechanism of the Pyreolophore – a creation by Hadrien Duhamel
– the birth of the first camera: where, how and when the “baguier d’Isidore” (a little jewel case) was transformed into a camera thanks to the dismantling of the family’s solar microscope;
– the entire Petiot-Groffier lab in the House of Nicéphore Niépce on the occasion of the National Heritage Days.
• Conference-Debate-Exhibitions in Dubai at the Alliance Française.
• Slideshow of Speos students’ work at the Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai.
• Partnership between Speos/Maison Niépce and the Swiss Camera Museum at Vevey:
– creation of a showcase dedicated to the work realized in the House of Nicéphore Niépce
– donation by Speos/Maison Nicéphore Niépce of an important collection concerning the beginnings of digital photography.
The Academician Lucien Clergue invites Jean-Louis Marignier, researcher at the CNRS, at the Academy of Fine Arts to report on ten years of research and restoration at the Maison Niépce.
See the article « Nicéphore Niépce reçoit les honneurs de l’Institut de France ».
See the Lettre de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts.
See the Bulletin de l’Institut de France 2008.
• Speos and Maison Nicéphore Niépce have decided to celebrate the bicentennial of the Pyreolophore by rebuilding it as it was originally. It is the first internal combustion engine ever, which was invented and patented by the Niépce brothers in 1807. 10 years later, they were the first in the world to make an engine work with fuel injection system. A celebration took place on the occasion of the “Journées du Patrimoine” (National Heritage Days) 2008, in the very place of the invention… in the House of Nicéphore Niépce, as well as in November on the occasion of the Science Festival in the Institut Image of ENSAM in Chalon sur Saône.
• Students at Speos have the possibility to obtain the degree of a European Master of Professional Photography accredited by E.A.B.H.E.S. (European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools).
• The Speos/Nicéphore Niépce House projects get the support of the Academie des Sciences.
• Set-up of the Bus of Photography, in collaboration with the Rencontres d’Arles.
• Speos becomes an Apple Authorized Training Center
• Speos’ subsidiary, PixOclock.com, the image bank for independent professional photographers and former students at Speos, moves onto a new search engine, Phraseanet IV. The photographers on PixOclock are the first in France to enter the Adobe Photographers Directory, accessible via Bridge in Adobe Photoshop CS2.
• Speos becomes an Adobe Expert center.
• Opening of Niepce’s House as a museum. Publication of the most important compilation of documents ever collected on Niépce, the inventor of photography.
• Launch of PixOclock.com – a photo search engine and viewing platform, which allows photographers to broadcast their images in real time.
• Our film “Niépce’s House” is selected for screening at the Festival du Film de Chercheurs in Nancy.
• Our documentary film, “Niépce’s House”, is presented in Savannah/USA, and at the Festival International du Film Scientifique d’Orsay in France.
• Presentation of the archeological discoveries at Niépce’s House in the Antique Theatre during the R.I.P. at Arles.
• Discovery of the house in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, where Nicéphore Niépce took the world’s first photograph, which is currently exhibited in Austin,Texas.
• Publication of the book “Beginning Photography using the Stop-System” in English and French, co-written by Pierre-Yves Mahé, Richard Zakia and Gordon Brown.
• AltaVista declares www.speos.fr the primary website worldwide in the field of “photo education”, for its visibility.
• Foundation of Prophot-Numérique by Speos and Prophot.
• Numerous firms have all of their employees trained at Spéos, introducing them to the new technologies:
– Agences Magnum, Reuters, Gamma, Deadline, DPPI, Jacana, Hoa Qui, Keystone, Explorer, Top, Rapho
– Canon France, Nikon France, Fuji Film France, Konica France, Minolta France
– Cartier Joaillerie Internationale
– Groupe Hachette: Paris Match, Onze Mondial, Télé 7 Jours, France Dimanche, Ici Paris, JDD
– Studio Peter Lindbergh
– Studio Luce / Paolo Roversi
• Set up of the first Speos website, hosting the Rencontres d’Arles and the S.I.P.I. (Salon de la Photo à Paris) web pages.
• Pierre-Yves Mahé becomes an Apple Expert.
• Distant learning: Creation of trans-Atlantic photo courses, simultaneous classroom discussion on commonly viewed images, between Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.), the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Spéos via high speed Numéris telephone lines.
• Invention of the “Speos transmission kit”, a precursor of Internet transmissions, distributed by the French company SAGEM, which permits distant image discussions via telephone lines. Spéos used this kit at the closing evening at the Rencontres Internationales d’Arles (RIP), to enable photographers Ralph Gibson, Arnold Newman, Harry Calahan, and Eveline Daitz, from offices in Manhattan, to view and comment on their work projected on a giant screen in the Arles Antique Theatre to some 3000 persons.
• Speos develops the Stop-System, a method to teach darkroom printing and exposure basics in the studio. The Stop-System is currently taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) and at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
• Speos founded by Pierre-Yves Mahé, advertising photographer.
Speos: 30 year anniversary!
Since its foundation, Speos has trained thousands of photography students and communication and image professionals, and has developed its activities in the following domains: training, consulting / audit, internet services, research / publications.