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 Agence France-Presse, 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.

Professional partners

Spéos & Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Spéos Photo School and Agence France-Presse (AFP) have partnered to create a unique training program in Photojournalism. This intensive program in 1 year takes place in Paris, in English, from September to June of the following year. This program combines the excellence of the practical teaching at Spéos with AFP’s expertise, offering students the opportunity to specialize in news photojournalism.

Learn more about Agence France-Presse.

Spéos & Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos and Spéos have partnered to create a 1-year masterclass for Creative Documentary 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.

Learn more about Magnum Photos agency.


Video of the Magnum x Spéos exhibition 2024

Spéos & Polka

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.

Know more about Polka.

Spéos & Picto

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.

Learn more about Picto Online

Spéos & Prophot

Spéos is always looking for new opportunities for photographers and relies on the remarkable benchmark of the market, Prophot; the first distributor of professional photographic equipment in France.

Learn more about Prophot.


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.

Learn more about the ANI.

Spéos & the FFPMI – Fédération Française de la Photographie et des Métiers de l’Image

Spéos is a member of the Fédération Française de la Photographie et des Métiers de l’Image. This federation aims to encourage meetings and exchanges between professionals, to promote and defend the profession of photographer, and to assert the rights of the profession before the highest authorities of the state. It has regional offices offering regular support through meetings and events.

Find out more about FFPMI.

Spéos & Paris Match

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.

Find out more about Paris Match.

© Marc Brincourt / Paris Match
© Marc Brincourt / Paris Match

Spéos & Leica

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.

More information about Leica.

© Leica
© Leica

Spéos & Fujifilm

In 2024, all of Spéos’ photo studios were equipped with FUJIFILM GFX50S II large format digital cameras. This decision is in line with the school’s desire to always remain at the cutting edge of technology and to provide its students with the most advanced professional equipment on the market. Fujifilm has thus become a partner of the school.

By partnering with industry leaders like Fujifilm, the school ensures that its students have access to the latest and best tools, preparing them to excel in their future careers.

Find out more about Fujifilm France.

Spéos & Paolo Roversi / Dominique Issermann

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.

Read more about Paolo Roversi and Dominique Issermann.

© Paolo Roversi
© Paolo Roversi
© Dominique Issermann
© Dominique Issermann

School partners

Spéos & ESMOD

Founded in 1841, the École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode (or ESMOD) is a private school offering training in the fashion industry. The ESMOD group offers several courses in fashion design, model making and fashion business.
Spéos and ESMOD have joined forces to create an exclusive course in Fashion Photography and Styling. Aimed at fashion photography and styling enthusiasts, this course combines the techniques of photography with the practice of photo styling. It will run from July 3 to 13, 2023. Classes will take place on the campuses of the two partner schools.

Find out more about ESMOD

Spéos & the Atelier Chardon Savard

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.

Learn more about the Atelier Chardon Savard.

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.

Learn more about RISD.


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.

Learn more about RIT.


Institutional partners

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.

Learn more about the Maison Nicéphore Niépce Museum.
See all correspondence of Niépce online.

Spéos & the European Union

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.

> Discover the website dedicated to the European Training in Photographic Legacy Management project

© Clarisse Bourgeois/Magnum Photos

Campus France

Spéos subscribes to Campus France, a public institution in charge of promoting higher education and managing the reception and international mobility of students, researchers, experts and guests. Campus France is under the supervision of the Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Spéos & the photography industry

Spéos & the photography industry

Since its creation in 1985, Spéos has worked with many giants of the photography world:

  • Photo Agencies: Magnum Photos, Gamma, Temps Sport,
  • Photo Brands: Nikon, Canon, Konica Minolta, Fuji Film, Sony.

Spéos would like to warmly thank Canon, Fuji, and Sony for awarding each of the first prizes of Spéos Photo Awards 2019.

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