Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Julian Germain: Football, Charles and Classrooms


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Happy New Year and welcome back to the Photobook Bristol blog. We'll be running occasional posts in the run-up to Photobook Bristol 2016 on 11th-13th June. For which you can buy tickets here.

Buy Early bird tickets for Photobook Bristol 2016 here.

We're delighted to announce that an Julian Germain will be an additional speaker to the list of speakers. Julian has made a mass of photobooks that cut across documentary, archival, and the personal to present a view of Britain that is

The pictures above and below are from his book  In Soccer Wonderland, one of surprisingly few photobooks on football around (of course there are loads of books on football with photos in them but are they photobooks? Please discuss, some place else. )

But at Bristol there will be a little football sub-plot going on with Ken Grant also touching on football (the subject of his upcoming new book).

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Another book Germain is well known for is his lovely For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness, 2005. It's a '...series of photographs made over 8 years of the quiet, contemplative existence of Charles Snelling, an elderly man living alone in a small house in Portsmouth, shown alongside pages from Snelling’s own photo albums'.

It's the most gentle of books and with a fantastic title to boot.
‘For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness’

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More recently, Germain has been working on Classroom Portraits.  This is a series of portraits of classrooms from around the world. The rooms, the walls, the tables, the clothes, and  the expressions all tell a story that on the surface  is very familiar but draws you into the detail to find the differences. Along with Raimond Wouda's School and James Molllison's Playground, it's one of several great contemporary works that look at the interactional dynamics of education.

It's also a project where you begin to recognise the classrooms and the students that you see. Have a look through - which classroom were you in?


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Motor Mechanics in the Netherlands



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Argentina, Buenos Aires, Grade 4, Natural Science


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USA, St Louis, Grade 8, Basic Skills

Buy Early bird tickets for Photobook Bristol 2016 here.

Speakers at Photobook Bristol 2016 (with more additions to come)

KEN GRANT 
MARK POWER
 DAVID SOLO 
LAURA EL TANTAWY 
AMAK MAHMOODIAN 
DRAGANA JURASIC 
MARTIN PARR
KRASS CLEMENT
YUMI GOTO 
IVARS GRAVLEJS
JAMES BARNOR
JULIAN GERMAIN
SONIA BERGER

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