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.
“The way it worked was pretty random,” Germain says. “If 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. “My 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. “I 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.