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The British Journal of Photography has a post featuring classrooms around the world, taken by Julian Germain.

I found them so attractive and thought provoking that I went to his page for the classroom project, which includes photos not included in that article. The international photos start around image 9.

They conveyed a lot not just in what each photo contained or lacked (though my eye was drawn to the stamp "donated by Ogean Energy" on a desk in a captionless photo--donors always having to get their due), but in their side-by-side contrasts. An all-black classroom in St. Louis, followed by an all-white classroom, also in St. Louis:





A class in Peru where everyone is in uniform, followed by another Peruvian classroom where the kids are in ordinary dress:





And, of course, classrooms of all boys or all girls.

Germain says,
We are responsible for the world they’re growing up in ... Despite being absent from the images, adults permeate every corner of every image. I like to think the work is confrontational; hundreds and hundreds of children and young people looking back at us with such intensity. I find that challenging.

Date: 2017-09-07 05:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zyzyly
those are powerful images. I need to spend more time with his project.

Date: 2017-09-07 10:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaebi
I am afraid that adults tend to operate more often in terms of Filing Children Away, than of being responsible to them....

And omg, corporate donor culture. I may write about that.

Date: 2017-09-07 01:34 pm (UTC)
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You know, I was actually thinking more of parenting than of schools and teaching. And on that, I know that as a parent you operate primarily collegially, with the mutual responsibility that requires. There are other ways of parenting, so far as I can tell some of them equally productive-- but that's mine, and I like how it's worked and is working.

Date: 2017-09-07 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Is it just me, or does that white St. Louis classroom radiate hostility in a way none of the others (that you shared here) does? I mean, the classroom of black students has some students that are posturing defiance or disregard, but they're engaging, whereas the white students are...closed off? shut down?

The two Peruvian classrooms are fascinating in their differences.

Date: 2017-09-07 04:37 pm (UTC)
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Okay, now that I've been to the artist's site, I see a few other surly classrooms (like in Cuba), but none with quite the level of blank animosity I feel from the St. Louis class. I wonder if the photographer tried to crack a joke or something and it soured the students. Almost as fascinating as the pictures are the stories we tell to "explain" them. :)

It just now dawned on me that the first Peruvian classroom must be a boys' academy, whereas the second is a mixed-gender class. What first struck me was the inversion of color: the boys' uniforms are khaki but the classroom itself has colors going for it; the rural (I assume) classroom is bland but the kids' clothes are vibrant, as are their faces.

It worries me that so many classrooms look packed like canned biscuits. On the other hand, I was delighted to see a class corgi among the kindergarten artists. :D

Date: 2017-09-07 05:13 pm (UTC)
cafenowhere: coffee cup with sugar packets that read WTF (Default)
From: [personal profile] cafenowhere
Yes! I'd be pretty surly too if I were being photographed in detention!

The corgi was in that Taiwanese classroom with the red-smocked kids. The architecture there was interesting too, looked like the building was a circle around a courtyard.

Date: 2017-09-09 04:59 pm (UTC)
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My thought was maybe it's an extremely high-level class - like advanced microbiology or post-ap Japanese.

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