Julien Hequembourg Bryan (23 May 1899 in Titusville, Pennsylvania – 20 October 1974) was an American photographer, filmmaker, and documentarian. He is best known for documenting the daily life in Poland, Soviet Union, and Nazi Germany between 1935 and 1939, in the leadup to and early days of the Second World War.
He was honored with “Decoration of Honor Meritorious for Polish Culture” during his last visit in Poland (1974) for showing the truth about the Invasion of Poland.
His documentary film Siege reported on Poland's defense of its capital against Nazi Germany in September 1939. It is stored and viewable online at the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in a digitally restored form in HD.
Before World War II
Bryan was a son of an elder in the Presbyterian Church with a long missionary tradition.
At seventeen after graduating from high school, he volunteered to serve in the American Field Service for the French Army