ITFC The People’s History: Julian Germain

May 24, 2018 - June 24, 2018 - Quay Place (St Mary at the Quay), Key Street, Ipswich

In 1978 Ipswich Town Football Club won the FA Cup. A momentous and unforgettable day in the history of the club.

Forty years on, Julian Germain creates and curates an exhibition that illustrates what it means to support Ipswich Town Football Club – then and now. A celebration of the club’s heritage and an exploration of the tribal allegiance of the football supporter.

Julian Germain became interested in photography at school in Ipswich. He went on to study at Trent Polytechnic and the Royal College of 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 recent book, ‘For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness’, published by SteidlMack in 2005, and also in his project ‘The Running Line’, a sculptural installation in Saltwell Park, Gateshead in 2007, of more than 139,000 pictures made during the previous year’s ‘Great North Run’.

Since 1995 he has been working with Brazilian artists, Patricia Azevedo and Murilo Godoy on a number of collaborative photography projects with favela communities and street children who produce the imagery themselves. He has also recently exhibited and published ‘Classroom Portraits’, 2004 – 2012, a global project about education.

Julian has exhibited his work internationally, notably at the Photographer’s Gallery, London, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, MASP, Sao Paulo, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and at Netherlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam.

Julian lives and works in Northumberland – but remains an ardent follower of ‘The Blues’.

Opening Times at Quay Place Mon – Sat 10-4pm


ITFC The People’s History: Julian Germain

Roger Osbourne's house the day after he scored the winning goal for Ipswich in the 1978 FA Cup Final © Julian Germain