Generations by Julian Germain : In partnership with Multistory for Birmingham 2022 Festival part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Game

Generations by Julian Germain

Commissioned for Birmingham 2022, the Common Wealth Games Cultural Programme, produced, curated and managed by GRAIN Projects and Multistory.

GENERATIONS celebrates families, individuals, diversity and the people of Birmingham and the West Midlands in large-scale photographic portraiture.   Based on the aesthetic of the family portrait Germain will use a large format camera to work collaboratively with families of four and five generations from across the region.    The photographs will capture details and provoke questions about our life and times.

The group portraits present people at different stages of life; new-borns, infants, children, teens and their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and great great-grandparents. Fundamental questions are raised that relate to us all; life, death, time and the effects of time, where do we come from and where will we go?

Julian Germain is seeking to work with four and five generation families from across the city and region.   If you are interested in taking part please contact us at

The project will be exhibited online and in the public realm during the summer of 2022.

Image Credit: Advira Smith 69, Bransford Smith 51, Michael Collins 28, Joshua Flude 10. From the series Generations by Julian Germain.

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