Spéos engagement in preservation of photographic heritage: The Nicéphore Niépce House Photo Museum

During their visit to Paris in September 2022, The Cycle partners were invited to visit the premises of Spéos, with founder and director Pierre-Yves Mahé.

About Spéos International Photography School

Established in 1985, Spéos offers higher education in professional photography. The school’s courses are tailored-designed by photography professionals actively working in the industry, thereby giving students the opportunity to network and to keep up to date with the latest trends.

Introducing the school and its facilities

Led by Spéos administrative director, Odile Adrian, the partners had the opportunity to visit the school’s facilities, which count 18 studios, a gallery, and numerous class and conference rooms.
The visitors were introduced to the setting of classes that emphasize hands-on practice, which is favored by the high-quality studios and top up-to-date equipment available to students during school as well as outside class hours for their own practice and development.
The partners also visited the Spéos Gallery, which offers graduates a unique venue to exhibit their work to the public.

Discovering The Nicéphore Niépce House Photo Museum

The house of the true inventor of photography, Nicéphore Niépce, is today a museum labelled “Maisons des Illustres” by the French Ministry of Culture. Located in Burgundy, 350 km from Paris, this heritage site, where the first photograph ever was taken, is preserved by Spéos, testament of the school’s advocacy for the preservation of photographic heritage.

The Niépce House contains the oldest photographic studio and laboratory existing today. The partners had the opportunity to discover the creation of this photo museum and the related preservation and valorization projects that Spéos has promoted since 1999.

© Antoine Wdo
© Antoine Wdo
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