Julian Germain studied Photography at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham and the Royal College of the Art in London. He has published several books, including ‘In Soccer Wonderland’ (1994) and ‘The Face of the Century’ (1999). His first book, ‘Steel Works’ (1990), utilised a combination of his own photographs alongside historical images and pictures from various sources, including family albums to examine the effects of the closure of Consett steelworks as well as broader issues of post industrialisation.
Julian’s continued belief in the value of amateur and ‘functional’ images is also reflected in his book, ‘For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness’, published by SteidlMack in 2005 and re-published by MACK in 2011.
Julian’s work observes the complex nature of human existence
Julian had a major, solo exhibition at Netherlands Fotomuseum, where his global project on Classroom Portraits was exhibited and an accompanying book launched.
Julian sits on the editorial board of the magazine ‘Useful Photography’ alongside Erik Kessels, Hans van der Meer, Hans Aarsman and Claudi de Cleen. He has exhibited his work internationally, notably at the Photographer’s Gallery, London, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, MASP, Sau Paulo, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and at Netherlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam.