What Classrooms Look Like Around The World

English photographer Julian Germain traveled round the world and took photos of classrooms. It is very interesting for everyone to see how schools of each country differs. Julian took his first classroom pictures not long after his daughter started school. When Julian took a picture he didn’t tell the pupils to pose.

β€œThe way it worked was pretty random,” Germain says. β€œIf I was travelling somewhere, I’d ask people I knew if they knew any teachers and whether I could go to their schools – it was often through random associations.”

I created a system where the camera was at the eye level of the pupils,” Germain says. β€œMy idea was to find a way of photographing the whole class in their classroom space so that you could see the classroom as well as the pupils.”

He managed this by carefully choreographing the children so that each of them can be seen, leaving the classroom just as it was, and using a medium format digital camera. β€œI steal 15 minutes at the end of the lesson, and while it’s going on I’m setting up my camera,” he says.

Originally he never intended for this to become a long-term project. Eventually he would take a class picture in all countries he visited. The first picture he took in 2004 and the last one was in 2012.

England, Seaham, Reception and Year 1, Structured Play

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

Taiwan, Ruei Fang Township, Kindergarten, Art

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

Saudi Arabia, Dammam, Kindergarden, Activities

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

Wales, Felindre, Reception and Years 1 & 2, Numeracy

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

England, Bradford, Year 7, Art

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

Peru, Cusco, Primary Grade 4, Mathematics

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

USA, Oklahoma, Avant, Grade 4 & 5 Social Sciences

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Grade 4, Natural Science

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

Tokyo, Japan, Grade 5, Classical Japanese

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

Peru, Tiracanchi, Secondary Grade 2, Mathematics

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

Yemen, Manakha, Primary Year 2, Science Revision

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

Yemen, Sanaa, Secondary Year 2, English

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

Brazil, Belo Horizonte, Series 6, Mathematics

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

Qatar, Grade 10, Religion

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

Nigeria, Kano, Ooron Dutse, Senior Islamic Secondary Level 2, Social Studies

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

England, Wolsingham, Year 12, English

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

The Netherlands, Rotterdam, Secondary Group 3, Motor Mechanics

Julian Germain. Photos Of Classrooms Around The World

Surovi School, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Year 6, 

Surovi School, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Ishraq School, Akamat Al Me’gab, Manakha District, Yemen. Mixed Primary Class (Year 1 to 6)

Ishraq School, Akamat Al Me’gab, Manakha District, Yemen

Escuela Primaria Angela Landa, Old Havana, Havana, Cuba. Year 2, Mathmatics

Escuela Primaria Angela Landa, Old Havana, Havana, Cuba. Year 2

Beaumont High School, St Louis, Missouri, Usa

Beaumont High School, St Louis, Missouri

School No 63, Kalininsky District, St Petersburg, Russia

School No 63, Kalininsky District, St Petersburg, Russia

Bornago College, Holland

Bornago College, Holland
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