Spéos has formed many long-lasting alliances and exclusive partnerships, from the educational field with the American universities RIT and RISD to the photographic industry with Leica and Prophot, and also with internationally acclaimed professionals such as Magnum Photos, Paris Match and fashion photographers Paolo Roversi and Dominique Issermann. Spéos is uniquely integrated into the photography market, to the benefit of its students and graduates.
Spéos & Magnum Photos
Magnum Photos and Spéos have partnered to create a 1-year masterclass for Creative Documentary and Photojournalism in Paris. This masterclass is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in documentary photography and/or photojournalism, in the Magnum Photos tradition of visual storytelling.
Spéos and Magnum Photos have been awarded a grant from the European Union for a cooperation project entitled The Cycle: European training in Photographic Legacy Management. The Cycle project, funded by the European Union Creative Europe Programme, is conducted by a consortium of 5 European partners. The project seeks to find new, efficient and sustainable forms of preservation and valorisation of photographic artworks in Europe by forming professionals in Photographic Legacy Management. Through a high-quality European partnership, The Cycle also aims to create networking opportunity for participating artists and professionals that will contribute to promote their transnational exchange and careers.
Polka, a French magazine specialized in photography, and Spéos open a new program dedicated to photojournalism. This 22-week intensive program takes place once a year in Paris, with the first intake in February 2020. This professional photography program is intended for students who wish to acquire the fundamentals of photojournalism/documentary photography.
Paolo Roversi and Spéos have teamed up to create an exclusive program in Fashion Photography, aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in fashion. The artistic direction was entrusted to Dominique Issermann from 2016 to 2018.
Paris Match and Spéos have been partners since 1997, the year in which the photographic staff was trained in digital photography. Spéos then trained the magazine’s teams of iconographers in image management.
Since 2017, Paris Match speakers have joined the school’s team of lecturers and share their know-how and knowledge with students.
Leica has supplied photographic equipment for the first students to enroll in the Photoreportage and magazine program, created by Paris Match and Spéos, which startd in September 2017 in Paris. The legendary German brand offered a V-Lux to each student to accompany their 2-year training until July 2019.
Already a hundred years old, the manufacturer with the small red patch continues to affirm its commitment to photojournalists and photo-reporters by partnering with Paris Match and Spéos as part of this endowment. To continue the long relationship it has with Paris Match – for many years Leica has always equipped the photographers of the magazine – it is now entering the world of education with Spéos.
Spéos is official partner of the Voies Off festival of Arles since 1997. Every summer, the school supports emerging photographers from all over the world through this festival. Spéos and Maison Niépce thus sponsor portfolio readings: a must-see for photographers in the court of the Archdiocese, the Voies Off festival welcomes each afternoon 125 experts come to meet photographers for individual exchanges of 20 minutes. By its support, Spéos also allows the production of the Nights of Projections, epicenter of the festival, during which the fans can discover the best of contemporary photography every evening.
Spéos & ANI
The ANI (“Association Nationale des Iconographes”), the French national photo editors’s association, is a non-profit association run by volunteers. Founded in 1997, the association brings together professionals working on images (mainly still images) but who are not photographers. Its goal is to federate professionals, while following the changes and the evolution of the industry. The ANI now has about 200 members, working with all types of images: reportage, fashion, advertising, art photography, etc. Spéos hosts ANI trainings since 2014. Several ANI iconographers also give conferences and portfolio readings to Spéos students.
Founded in 1988, the Atelier Chardon Savard trains young talents, fashion designers, designers and fashion communication experts in Paris, Nantes and Berlin each year. The Atelier has a specialized know-how in Knitwear, Trends and Accessories. Entrenched in the professional world, the privileged links of the Atelier and the profession allow students a rate of Record placement in luxury houses with designers from ready-to-wear to Haute-Couture. Students from Spéos and the Atelier Chardon Savard work together during their training to enhance their respective work: fashion designers bring photo subjects, in return the photographers train on these subjects and provide high quality visuals highlighting the creations of young designers.
Spéos & RISD – Rhode Island School of Design (USA)
For the 30th consecutive year, Spéos is organizing the Winter Session for the American students of RISD in Paris. This 6-week session allows Art students to learn about photography. Since 1993 Spéos has organized videoconference courses with RISD, during which the professors of the American university could take part directly with Spéos students.
Spéos & RIT – Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)
In 1997, Spéos received a grant from France Télécom to train a deaf French student to teach photography to deaf people at RIT / NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf). The training started the following year.
Several summer workshops taught by RIT and Spéos professors in Paris allowed American students to obtain credits for their university curriculum. From as early as 1993, two RIT professors regularly appeared in Spéos annual professional photography programs in Paris by videoconference: Bill DuBois and Ken White.
Spéos and Picto have been partners since 1993 with, at that time, numerous digital development projects. Since 2008, Spéos trusts Picto for the realization of its students’ photo prints via Picto Online, the first French platform to be equipped with an English-speaking interface, which is necessary for a large number of Spéos’ international students.
Spéos would like to warmly thank Canon, Fuji, and Sony for awarding each of the first prizes of Spéos Photo Awards 2019.
Spéos & the invention of photography museum: the House of Nicéphore Niépce
Since 1999, Spéos actively protects the world heritage of photography through ownership of the museum of the invention of photography: the Maison Nicéphore Niépce Museum, where the very first photo in the world was taken by the creator of photography himself: Nicéphore Niépce. The Museum was awarded the prestigious label “Maison des Illustres” by the French Ministry of Culture in 2013, and sponsored by the Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Fine Arts.
Spéos financed the creation of the book Niépce, Correspondance et Papiers, which contains all the correspondence of Niépce in a 1,600-page book written by Manuel Bonnet, a descendant of Niépce and Jean-Louis Marignier, a CNRS researcher. This book, published by Éditions Maison Nicéphore, is fully available online. Spéos continues to invest in research into Nicéphore Niépce’s inventions.