Prestel

Classroom Portraits

Hardcover with jacket, 208 pages, 30.5x23.5, 12.0 x 9.3 Inches, 110 colour illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-7913-4748-6
US$ 60.00 | GBP 40.00

Date of publication:
USA July 23, 2012 | UK June 25, 2012
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Julian  Germain - Classroom Portraits
 
 
 

 

This captivating collection of large-scale portraits of classes of children and adolescents around the world reveals much about the present and raises fascinating questions about the future.

What happens when a stranger enters a classroom during a lesson and asks for the pupils’ total concentration for 15 minutes in order to make their portrait? He positions everyone with great care (so that they can clearly be seen) and then demands that they stay completely still for the long exposure. The results are both predictable and astonishing. This ongoing series by Julian Germain started in northeast England. Since then Germain has visited schools throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. His magnificent photographs are packed with detail — books open on graffitied desks, instructions on white and blackboards, artwork hanging on walls, notes scribbled on the backs of hands. And of course there are the faces of the children themselves; enrapt, bored, inquisitive, arrogant, or shy, they incite endless curiosity about what these kids’ lives are like and what their futures hold. Exquisitely reproduced in an oversize format, these portraits trigger memories of our own schooldays and bring into sharp focus the contemporary school experience throughout the world, in all its diversity and universality.

“One of our favorites of the year.”—American Photo Magazine

 
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