Classroom portraits

Classroom portraits

When Julian Germain’s daughter started school, the British photographer realised that he had not seen the inside of a classroom for 20 years. So he began to take photos, setting his camera up at the end of lessons to capture classroom life. The project expanded, taking him to schools around the world, from Taiwan to Yemen. “No matter where you go, the vast majority of classrooms are oblong, with the teacher facing rows of pupils,” says Mr Germain. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re in Ethiopia or in Germany. You have that template, but all these thousands of different individuals, looking back at you.”



Deneside Infants’ School, Seaham, County Durham, UK
Reception and Year 1, Structured Play
October 12th, 2004
From classroom portraits 2004-2012 by Julian Germain, copyright © Julian Germain, 2012.


Escola Estadual Nossa Senhora do Belo Ramo, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Series 6, Mathematics
November 17th, 2005
From classroom portraits 2004-2012 by Julian Germain, copyright © Julian Germain, 2012.


Langston Middle School, St Louis, Missouri, USA
Grade 8, Basic Skill.
October 25th, 2006
From classroom portraits 2004-2012 by Julian Germain, copyright © Julian Germain, 2012.


Al Tadhamon Boys’ School, Malah, Rada’, Yemen
Year 1 Intermediate, Sport
May 13th, 2007
From classroom portraits 2004-2012 by Julian Germain, copyright © Julian Germain, 2012.


Escolar Secundaria Tiracanchi, Tiracanchi, Calca Province, Peru
Grade 2, Mathematics
July 24th, 2007
From classroom portraits 2004-2012 by Julian Germain, copyright © Julian Germain, 2012.


Kuramo Junior College, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Basic 7 / Junior Secondary Level 1, Mathematics
June 22nd, 2009
From classroom portraits 2004-2012 by Julian Germain, copyright © Julian Germain, 2012.


Kulliyatu Turasul Islamic Secondary School, Ooron Dutse, Kano, Nigeria
Senior Islamic Secondary Level 2, Social Studies
June 26th, 2009
From classroom portraits 2004-2012 by Julian Germain, copyright © Julian Germain, 2012.


Matsubara Senior High School, Osaka, Japan
Grade 2, English
September 10th, 2009
From classroom portraits 2004-2012 by Julian Germain, copyright © Julian Germain, 2012.


Min-sheng Junior High School, Taipei, Taiwan
Grade 7, Nap Time
September 16th, 2009
From classroom portraits 2004-2012 by Julian Germain, copyright © Julian Germain, 2012.


Kuter ARET (Elementary School No. 4), Welisso, Ethiopia
Grade 1 (classes 7, 8 and 9), Physical Education and games
October 8th, 2009
From classroom portraits 2004-2012 by Julian Germain, copyright © Julian Germain, 2012.


Gambela Elementary School, Gambela, Welisso District, Ethiopia
Grade 1, Music
October 9th, 2009
From classroom portraits 2004-2012 by Julian Germain, copyright © Julian Germain, 2012.


Escuela Primary Angela Landa, Old Havana, Havana, Cuba
Year 2, Mathematics
November 30th, 2011
From classroom portraits 2004-2012 by Julian Germain, copyright © Julian Germain, 2012.