Belles Lettres: The Naked Alphabet (1971)

In 1971, Dutch artists, photographers and graphic designers Ed van der Elsken (10 March 1925 – 28 December 1990), Anna Beeke, Pieter Brattinga (January 31, 1931 – July 8, 2004), Anthony Beeke, and Geert Kooiman created a human alphabet for Avant Garde MagazineNo.14: Belles Lettres – an A-to Z in nudes.

Edited by Ralph Ginzburg and art directed by Herb Lubalin, Avant Gard (published in New York; January 1968 to July 1971) was  “a thoughtful, joyous magazine on art and politics”. The naked alphabet feature was an addition to Anthon Beeke’s naked ladies alphabet (1968), a protest “against the supposedly ‘dehumanising’ and thoroughly ‘indecipherable’ mechanistic alphabets”.

The nude Belles Lettres is based on the font Baskerville Old Face.

Typography is art.

 

1971 the naked alphabet
1971 the naked alphabet

1971 the naked alphabet

1971 the naked alphabet

1971 the naked alphabet

1971 the naked alphabet
1971 the naked alphabet
1971 the naked alphabet
1971 the naked alphabet

1971 the naked alphabet

1971 the naked alphabet

o alphabet

1971 the naked alphabet

1971 the naked alphabet

1971 the naked alphabet
1971 the naked alphabet
photo alphabet

Via: People for the Ethical Treatment of Typography