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The photo series titled Classroom Portraits by Julian Germain, a photographer based in Britain, focuses on school systems from around the world. By providing people with an unprecedented glimpse into these different classrooms, he allows them to reflect on the similarities and differences between each one while also contrasting the images to their own experiences. Aside from the commonality of the subject, the group poses are eerily similar. Each face is visible and there is hardly a smile to be found in any photo.
Currently on display in The Future is Ours exhibit at the Netherlands Fotomuseum, Classroom Portraits by Julian Germain ranges from the Netherlands to Yemen and Japan. The series was started in 2004 and continued until 2012.