In the (organised and structured) maelstrom of 2012, my studio has seen some beautiful happenings. Now I’m enjoying a moment or two’s respite in which to begin sharing some of them with you.
Back in November 2011 (I can’t believe it was that long ago!) I wrote about my involvement with the second edition of Julian Germain’s book, ‘For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds of Happiness’.
Well, a week or two ago, Julian kindly gave me a copy to thank me for my efforts. A well-received thank you, too, as I simply love his work.
Anyway, I thought I’d share these photographs with you — perhaps to whet your appetite and encourage you to buy one for yourself while you still can…
In the production of the second edition, a hitherto unseen portrait was added on the final page.
I have to confess, I was so pleased with this as it enabled me to post-produce one of the photographs from start to finish — something I wasn’t able to do in the first edition, which was in production before we first met.
I feel extremely proud to have had my first major involvement in one of Julian’s fine publications. It really is the cherry on the cake to see my name credited in the back alongside the likes of David Ellis and Michael Mack…
As is my way, I tend to keep notes to some degree on just about everything I do. An aide-mémoire perhaps or sometimes through sheer necessity. On other occasions, simply out of interest.
Falling into the latter category, I am happy to tell you that I met Julian Germain on 17th December 2004, nearly seven years ago.
Julian was just preparing for the launch of the first edition of his book “For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds of Happiness”—a portrait of an elderly gentleman, Charles Snelling—and the launch of his accompanying show at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts.
Published by steidlMACK, this first edition has long sold out and copies now sell online for hundreds of pounds.
That’s not just a throw away statement, by the way. I’ve just typed “Julian Germain” into eBay and there are several results. One of them is for this very book: “Buy it Now for $700″ reads the caption…
Our first meeting in 2004 was ‘after the event’ on the post-production side, so it was a great honour to work with Julian on the second edition of this beautiful publication.
I reworked old files and made some new scans too, providing fresh CMYK files and proofs in readiness for printing the second edition.
The book, now published by MACK, was launched at this year’s Paris Photo Fair. Sales were handled via the Steidl stand and I’m very pleased to report that it was their second bestseller at the fair.
“Second best? What was first?”, I hear you ask. William Eggleston’s “Chromes”, comes the reply!
You can buy the second edition of “For Every Minute…” directly through MACK for £30.
My suggestion? Grab it while you can…
A coffee and some quiet-time for this post, not really knowing where to start (or where to end) due to the sheer quantity of beautiful work made with Julian Germain over the six years that we have known each other.
Over the last few weeks, we have gradually been collating recent imagery as well as revisiting older images to update Julian’s portfolio. As is the way with portfolio work, it usually serves as a wonderful reminder of just how much has been achieved in a relatively short period of time—some of which I would like to share with you.
Julian is known for his extraordinary knack of being able to turn his hand to so many photographic genres, managing to retain and convey the utmost humanity and integrity in the most varied and obscure scenarios. So much of this work you will no doubt have seen, whether in the fine art or commercial worlds.
The list of these scenarios is long—classroom portraits in schools around the world, football stars for Adidas, ad campaigns for Vodafone and T-Mobile, the documenting of multi-generation families, snow globe fanatics, Brazilian street children, Subbuteo super-heroes, the 1966 England squad…not to mention Julian’s celebrated exhibition and books including ‘Steel Works’, ‘In Soccer Wonderland’ and ‘For Every Minute You are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds of Happiness’. A full list of these publications can be seen here.
So many varied subjects and situations but somehow always retaining an intimacy and a genuine ‘captured moment’ to which his audience can relate.
To offer a more comprehensive flavour of our work together, I have compiled a couple of galleries: The first is a collection of various images showing some examples from the list above. The second requires its own gallery as it is dedicated to Julian’s vast Classroom Portraits project. We have now worked on over two hundred of the latter—one day I hope we will see the cream of the crop in one splendid collection…!
If you have an extra moment while you are here, please do take a look at the growing collection on my Galleries page…
Julian Germain is one of my long-standing clients. Over the years we have worked together on both his personal and commissioned work in the photographic worlds of fine art and advertising.
Last week, I printed a series of images for his latest exhibition, now showing in Paris. This print—taken from Julian’s book ‘For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds Of Happiness’—was made 81cm across on Hahnemühle’s beautiful Fine Art Baryta 325gsm.