Classroom Portraits: Photos of How Children Learn Around the World

Julian Germain, “Yemen, Manakha, Primary Year 2, Science Revision”

English photographer Julian Germain has been working on an ongoing photo series called “Classroom Portraits.” The series, which is currently on view at Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, consists of large format portraits of schoolchildren taken in classrooms in over 20 countries around the world—from USA to Argentina to Bangladesh.

There is a striking balance between formality and energy in Germain’s photos. On the one hand, the children are posed and studious-looking, and on the other hand, of course, they’re kids and teenagers whose spiritedness shines through even the most serious of looks.

Check out more shots on Germain’s site. Some of the photos from the series have also been published in the book Classroom Portraits.

(Feature Shoot via Brain Pickings

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