Richard Kalvar Woman with pigeons on head. Central Park, New York. USA. 1976. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos and Spéos Photo School have partnered to create a unique one-year accredited course in Creative Documentary & Photojournalism, an intensive one-year programme held in Paris from September 2017 to July 2018.

The Creative Documentary & Photojournalism programme is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in documentary photography and/or photojournalism, in the Magnum Photos tradition of visual storytelling.

The course equips students with the historical and contextual framework required to develop and engage in critical thinking about documentary photography, as well as providing technical guidance and tutorial support to develop students’ individual documentary practice. Students have unique access to Magnum’s photographers and its experienced staff, with elements of the course taught at the Magnum Photos office in central Paris.

The formal program is delivered by Spéos and its appointed teachers and supplemented by Magnum photographers and staff.

Bruno Barbey Oqba-ben-Nafi avenue. Essaouira, Morocco. 1997 © Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos
Gueorgui Pinkhassov Hotel garden in Akasaka. Tokyo, Japan. 1996 © Gueorgui Pinkhassov | Magnum Photos

Part I / September to December

The first part of the course comprises the core elements of professional photojournalism and creative documentary.

Top-level professionals hold the courses and monitor the students’ individual acquisition of skills. Outside of class, students independently organize their shooting sessions and post-production, under the continual guidance of their supervisors and Magnum Photos. During this time, students will have access to the extensive book library at the Magnum Photos Paris bureau, featuring an inimitable collection of renowned photo publications.

Part II / January to May

During the second part of the course, the students improve their practical skills and broaden their range of knowledge. The last week is dedicated to the set-up of the students’ end-of-the-year exhibition on the school premises and at Magnum, an important event visited by established photographers, photo agencies and the press.

The Spéos course proper will be complemented by the Magnum Photos component, consisting of regular review sessions, artist presentations, assignments and discussions with Magnum photographers and staff in the agency.

Part III (Expert Modules) / May to July

The last months of the programme are dedicated to students’ encounters with a vast range of photography professionals.

Duration: 8 weeks

The Expert Modules aim at deepening the participants’ previous knowledge and skills in those areas that are most demanded by the professional market. They cover the subjects of business management, image management and publication and photo reportage, combining theory and practice.

Participants meet up with photography professionals from various domains, who share their experience and know-how from their respective fields of expertise.

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Program description classes and content

• Photojournalism and Documentary
• Computer Imaging
• Image Management and Publication
• Studio for Photojournalists
• Printing Techniques
• Essentials of Photography
• Tutoring Magnum Photos
• Story Telling: Words & Images
• Expert Module: The Photo Business
• Expert Module: Advanced Photo Reportage

Next session: September 13, 2017 – July 27, 2018
Campus: Paris
Language of instruction: English
– 30.000 € for one payment
– 31.500 € for payments in five installments

To apply please click here.

Diploma: Creative Documentary and Photojournalism by Magnum Photos/Spéos
Titre de Photographe RNCP level I (Fr) and 7 (Eu) – code NSF 323 t

This program is registered in the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP) by decree of February 25th, 2016 — published in the Journal Officiel of March 17th, 2016.

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