August 4, 2003, (near) Tikrit, Iraq
© Geert van Kesteren
Courtesy the artist

Julian Germain

Exhibition: War Memorial

Julian Germain was born in Ipswich and studied at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham and later at the Royal College of Art in London. He has exhibited widely in Europe and America.

His work with Side Gallery focused on Consett. He had first visited the town in 1984, having been commissioned to produce a contemporary response to George Orwell’s The Road To Wigan Pier. He returned in 1986 while taking pictures for the Children’s Society on Tyneside, and studying at the Royal College of Art. In 1987 he produced a series of photographs, with text, which deal with the space created by the steelworks demolition.

As well as continuing his own photographic practice, he has worked extensively with in Brazil developing photography with street children, notably, in the late 1990s/early 2000s in No Olho da Rua (In the eye of Street), which saw posters pasted across the city streets and a book of young people’s photographs of street football, No Mundo Maravilhoso do Futebol.