Monsters & Madonnas: Looking at William Mortensen

William Mortensen, The Priestess

From an essay about William Mortensen at A Journey Around My Skull:

William Mortensen (1897 - 1965) was one of the most well known and respected photographers in America in the thirties. ...  Mortensen's obscurity today is mainly due to his championing of Pictorialism, a force within photography that promoted retouching, hand-worked negatives, chemical washes, and an artistic, painterly approach that soon faded with the advance of modernism.

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