American Readers at Home

How does our experience and perception of daily events through the media translate into personal memories?



Edited and with photographs by Ludovic Balland. Preface by Brice Matthieusent

1st edition

, 2018

Text English

Hardback (flexicover)

548 pages, 283 color and 186 b/w illustrations

24 x 33 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-809-6


Between September and December 2016, Ludovic Balland set out to document how Americans were making sense of the campaigns and the constant hum of media coverage in the run-up to and aftermath of the contentious election. On his 13,000- mile road trip across the country, Balland called on twenty cities and attended major events, such as the Inauguration and the Women’s March in Washington, DC. The result of this road trip is American Readers at Home, which collects interviews with people living in cities and small towns across the United States.

With print media struggling to survive in an age of twenty-four-hour real-time news and social media feeds, American Readers at Home presents a new, personalized model of storytelling in journalism that reaches audiences by emphasizing how everyday news items relate to personal experience and form people’s views. Through their statements and the expressive full-page portraits featured in the book, we are encouraged to consider their perspectives—their hopes, fears, and expectations both before and after the election. Filled with insights, American Readers at Home forms a highly original record of the United States at a time when the country is facing great uncertainty and change.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Ludovic Balland

 lives and works in Basel as a graphic designer specializing in entire editorial projects. He also teaches regularly at various art schools and universities in Switzerland, Europe, and the US.

Brice Matthieusent

 is a French writer, translator, and editor. He also teaches as a professor of aesthetics at the Art School of Marseilles.


«Konzeptionell wohl durchdacht, auf Zeitungspapier im Tabloidformat, ein faszinierendes Zeitdokument der Widersprüchlichkeiten.» Dirk Peitz, Zeit online

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American Readers at Home von Ludovic Balland, Dezember 2017 © Ludovic Balland

New York, NY, September 2016 © Ludovic Balland

Christopher DiGeorge hatte Ambitionen, Bürgermeister von Philadelphia zu werden. Philadelphia, PA, September 2016 © Ludovic Balland

Nach Detroit, MI, September 2016 © Ludovic Balland

Chicago, IL, September 2016 © Ludovic Balland

Memphis, TN, Oktober 2016 © Ludovic Balland

Dallas, TX, Oktober 2016 © Ludovic Balland

Nach Washington, DC, November 2016 © Ludovic Balland

Anita Dunn hatte unter Präsident Obama das Amt als Leiterin der Kommunikationsabteilung des Weissen Hauses inne und war seine Chefberaterin während der Präsidentschaftskampagne. Washington DC, November 2016 © Ludovic Balland

Nach Santa Fe, NM, November 2016 © Ludovic Balland

Tucson, AZ, November 2016 © Ludovic Balland

Dr. Celeste González wünscht, sie hätte eine Morgen-danach-Pille erfinden können für den Tag nach den Wahlen. Tucson, AZ, November 2016 © Ludovic Balland

Während der All-Souls-Prozession sammelt To-Ree-Nee Wolf Gebete für Menschen, die Liebesbriefe an Verstorbene schreiben. Tucson, AZ, November 2016 © Ludovic Balland

New Orleans, LA, Dezember 2016 © Ludovic Balland

Amtseinführung von Donald Trump, Washington, DC, Januar 2017 © Ludovic Balland

Ludovic Balland, Tucson, AZ, Oktober 2016 © Ludovic Balland

Ludovic Balland, Memphis, TN, Oktober 2016 © Ludovic Balland


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