Douglas Kirkland is one of the doyens of portrait photography in the motion picture industry, notably in Hollywood. This publication, however, is different: it is a circus, a celebration of design and a movie – all rolled into one and presented in an exuberant and lush book. Working with Françoise Kirkland, the inimitable acrobatic sky dancer Erika Lemay, Milanese fashion director Simone Guidarelli, and designer William Thoren the team created a modern-day abecedarium. The playful creation harks back to the corporeal origins of the alphabet, echoing similar exercises in Western culture from the Renaissance to the great works of Art Deco, notably Erté’s famous alphabet suite. Besides Douglas Kirkland’s impeccable photography, the reader is invited ‘backstage’ to the making of these images and to a discussion of the relationship between the human body and letters.The book will be published as a trade edition and for collectors, a limited edition inside a slipcase with an original Douglas Kirkland print. Details to follow.