The Creative Documentary and Photojournalism Course by Magnum Photos & Spéos is now taking applications for the 2023/2024 course. Now in its seventh year, this intensive course will take place in Paris from September 2023 till July 2024, and will culminate with a graduate show at the Magnum Photos gallery in Paris.

To view a showcase of the 2021-2022 cohort, click here, and to hear about their experience on the course, watch this video.

Each photographer is expanding my vision of what is possible, both in the actual photographs but also the scope of what I can do professionally,” says a student from the 2022/2023 class.⁠

The 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.

Students will work on a project under the mentorship of Magnum photographers Nanna Heitmann, Jérôme Sessini, and Stuart Franklin while attending workshops and lectures by various photographers such as Susan Meiselas, Matt Black, Bieke Deporter, Olivia Arthur and Antoine d’Agata, to name a few.

During the nine-month course, students will learn from the photographers themselves and their experience, whilst also receiving feedback about their own work and projects throughout the course. In a small group, they will have the opportunity to discuss any problems or challenges they encounter, and how to manage them. They will also learn how to edit and sequences images, and above all, what it is like to work on assignments and projects in the field, including on a tight schedule.

The formal program is delivered by Spéos and its appointed teachers.

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


Experts Modules

The Expert Modules aim at deepening knowledge of all aspects of the photographic industry, with an emphasis on how to market and commercialise your work. Each module takes place over several weeks, in June and July and during this time you will receive tips and advice directly from industry experts.

Magnum on-demand courses

Magnum x Spéos students are given free access to Magnum’s on-demand courses.
We currently offer classes with Alec Soth, Matt Black, Gregory Halpern, Bieke Depoorter, Jonas Bendiksen and one on Street Photography.
All combined these represent about 30+ hours of online learning. Our video on-demand programs encourage learning through immersive film experience. Magnum photographers give you their personal advice through in-depth interviews, on-location shoots and off-line workbooks with expanded interviews.
Depending on their schedule, some of the photographers featured in the videos will also be invited to Paris to meet with the students during the course.


Creative Documentary and Photojournalism by Magnum Photos and Spéos
Titre de Photographe RNCP niveau 6 – code NSF 323 t


Price: €30,000

Contact and Application

For enquiries relating to this course please email

Click here if you wish to apply online on Spéos website.

About the Mentors

Nanna Heitmann is a German/ Russian documentary photographer, based between Russia and Germany.

Her work has been published by  TIME Magazine, M Le Magazine du Monde, De VolkskrantStern Magazine, and die Zeit, and she has worked on assignments for outlets including The New York TimesTIME Magazine, The Washington Post and Stern Magazine.

She has received awards and accolades that include the Vogue Italia Prize at the PH Museum women photographers grant, World Report Award, and was shortlisted by the Gomma Grant and LensCulture emerging talents.

Nanna Heitmann joined Magnum as a nominee in 2019.


Jérôme Sessini is one the world’s most prolific and respected names working in the sensitive field of conflict zones and has been dispatched to war-torn countries like Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Libya for international publications. As well as reporting on the frontlines, he has covered social issues such as the drug-related violence on the streets of Mexico, the anti-government protests in Ukraine and indigenous minorities in Cambodia facing forced eviction. Through his work, he is constantly learning, adapting and evolving.

Since 2018, Sessini has been documenting the opioid crisis in the United States, where he has travelled to Ohio and Philadelphia to create intimate portraits of the people and places ravages by drug misuse. In 2017, Sessini travelled to remote villages in Cambodia with Samrith Vaing, documenting the life of indigenous minorities facing forced eviction. In 2016, Sessini documented the Kurdish Peshmerga offensive against Islamic State (IS) in the city of Bashiq before crossing the region to cover Iraqi forces pushing towards Mosul.

His work has been published by prestigious newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek, Stern, Paris-Match as well as Le Monde and the Wall Street Journal. It has been shown in multiple solo exhibitions around the world including the Visa Photo Festival in Perpignan, at the Rencontres d’Arles, the Bibliothèque Nationale François-Mitterrand, as well as with the French Ministry of Culture.

Sessini became a Magnum Photos nominee in 2012 and a full member in 2016.

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