by Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 24 July 2013

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.