American Grotesque : The Life and Art of William Mortensen

American Grotesque : The Life and Art of William Mortensen

Book Title: American Grotesque : The Life and Art of William Mortensen

Author: William Mortensen

Format: Hardback | 296 pages

Publication Date: 11 Dec 2014

ISBN-13: 9781936239979

American Grotesque is a lavish retrospective of grotesque, occult, and erotic images by the forgotten Hollywood photographer William Mortensen (1897-1965), an innovative pictorialist visionary whom Ansel Adams called the "Antichrist" and to whom Anton LaVey dedicated The Satanic Bible.

Mortensen's countless technical innovations and inspired use of special effects prefigures the development of digital manipulation and Photoshop. Includes a gallery of more than one hundred striking photographs in duotone and color, many of them previously unseen, and accompanying essays by Mortensen and others on his life, work, techniques, and influence.