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One Year Course: Creative Documentary and Photojournalism with Magnum Photos and Spéos, 2020-2021

Spend a year studying photography in Paris with mentoring from Magnum photographers and Magnum staff

Patrick Zachmann Jews in France. Celebration for the 33rd anniversary of the State of Israel. Paris. France. 1981. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

Now in its sixth year, the Creative Documentary and Photojournalism course with Magnum Photos and Spéos Photo School is open for application. This intensive one-year course will take place in Paris from September 2020 to July 2021, and will culminate with a graduate show at the Magnum Photos gallery in Paris, a trip to Arles during the international photography festival, Rencontres d’Arles, in July, and is sanctioned by an official diploma recognised in France and Europe.

Patrick Zachmann Young woman in the front seat of a taxi, separated by a wire net as protection for the driver against aggressions. Guangdong. Canton. China. 1992. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann The Jewish community. Mr Friedman electrician and Yiddish poet, with his wife. Rue Richer. Paris. France. October 1981. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

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 year long project under the mentorship of Magnum Photographer Patrick Zachmann while attending workshops and lectures by various Magnum Photographers including Susan Meiselas, Peter van Agtmael, Thomas Dworzak and Jérôme Sessini, to name a few.

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

Patrick Zachmann Singer Jiang Xin in her car, in San Li Tun. Beijing. China. 2001. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos

Where & When

Spéos Photo and Video School: 8 rue Jules Vallès, 75011 Paris, France.

Magnum Photos: 19 Rue Hégésippe Moreau, 75018 Paris.


The workshop will be held in English.




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).

Contact and Application

For enquiries relating to this course please email Sonia Jeunet on, contact or click here.