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American Portraits

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”


Role: Editor
Client: Blauer
Year: 2018-2019

The road trip is an archetype of the American way of life. Asked by fashion brand Blauer to shoot a campaign for them, photographer James Mollison came up with the idea of renting a van, travelling across America and photographing real people in Blauer clothes. I would write a travel journal.

Over the course of four seasons, we travelled across as many states – California, Michigan, Texas, Colorado – and produced the global campaign American Portraits. In the four resulting catalogues, pictures of people we cast in the street are interspersed with landscapes and details. 

A mix of interviews, descriptions and inspirational quotes, the copy was conceived to capture the soul of each state and its people.

Photographer: James Mollison
Writer, translator: Teresa O’Connell 
Art Director: Enzo Frasson 

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