Classrooms of the world, and the students in them

UK-based Julian Germain started visiting North East England schools in 2004 to take portraits of its classrooms and the students in them.

He extended the gaze of his lens to schools in the UK the next year, and since then, has been in and out of schools within North America, South America, Europe as well as the Middle East.

These long exposure shots require students to be still for 15 minutes. It’s fascinating to see how much diversity there is in humanity, but we are united when it comes to the facial expressions we share universally.

Yemen, Sanaa, Secondary Year 2, English
Wales, Felindre, Reception and Years 1 & 2, Numeracy
Yemen, Manakha, Primary Year 2, Science Revision
England, Keighley, Year 6, History
Holland, Drouwenermond, Primary Year 5, 6, 7 & 8, History
Germany, Düsseldorf, Year 7, English
Cuba, Havana, Playa, Year 9, national television screening of film ‘Can Gamba’ (about Cuban participation in Angolan Revolution)
USA, St Louis, Grade 8, Basic Skills, 2004
Escola Estadual Nossa Senhora do Belo Ramo, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2005

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Low Lai Chow travels light and is working on exercising demons from her past. Find out more about her at