Past Course

One Year Course: Creative Documentary and Photojournalism with Magnum Photos and Spéos, 2018-19

Join Magnum Photos and Spéos Photo School for a unique accredited one-year course based in Paris

Patrick Zachmann Ah Sai, former member of secret society Sun Yee On. Kowloon. Hong Kong. 1987. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

Applications are open for a unique one-year masterclass for Creative Documentary & Photojournalism in Paris, developed in partnership by Magnum Photos and Spéos Photo and Video School. This intensive one-year program 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 accredited course runs from September 2018 – July 2019 and will equip 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, located in Paris, and its appointed teachers and supplemented by Magnum photographers and staff.


Richard Kalvar Piazza della Rotonda. Rome. ITALY. 1980. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos
Richard Kalvar New York City. USA .1976. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos

Where & When

Spéos Photo and Video School: 8 rue Jules Vallès, 75011 Paris, France
Magnum Photos: 19 Rue Hégésippe Moreau,
75018 Paris

September 2018 – July 2019


The course is being taught in English


30 000 €


Creative Documentary and Photojournalism by Magnum Photos and Spéos
Titre de Photographe RNCP level I (France) and 7 (Europe) – 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.


Click here for more information on how to apply.

Stuart Franklin Fish and Chip shop on the Ladywell Housing Estate. Salford. England. GB. 1986. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos

Structure of the Program

Semester I – September to December

The first semester comprises the core courses, which cover all aspects 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.

Semester II – January to May

During the second semester, the students improve their practical skills and broaden their range of knowledge, from January to May. 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.

End of Year Exhibition: Spéos + Magnum

The last week of the second semester is dedicated to the set-up of the students end of year exhibition at Spéos school and another themed exhibition at Magnum premises.

Expert Module + Rencontres d’Arles

The Expert modules aim at deepening the students’ previous knowledge and skills in those areas that are most demanded by the professional market. Each module takes place over several weeks, in June and July.

Courses and conferences are taught by experienced and recognized professionals who share their experience and know-how from their respective fields of expertise. These speakers emphasize the practical ownership of these skills and offer students valuable experience gain for their own personal projects.

In July, the students equally participate for several days at the Rencontres d’Arles — a major international photography event, during which they visit exhibitions, present their portfolios and start networking.

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

More Information

For more info on the course:

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