William Mortensen (31 Images)

William Mortensen
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William Mortensen preferred the pictorialism style of manipulating photographs to produce romanticist painting-like effects. The style brought him criticism from straight photographers of the modern realist movement and, in particular, he carried on a prolonged written debate with Ansel Adams.

His arguments defending romanticism photography led him to be "ostracized from most authoritative canons of photographic history." In an essay, Larry Lytle wrote "Due to his approach—both technically and philosophically in opposition to straight or purist adherents — he is amongst the most problematic figures in photography in the twentieth-century... historians and critics have described his images as "...anecdotal, highly sentimental, mildly erotic hand-colored prints...", "...bowdlerized versions of garage calendar pin-ups and sadomasochist entertainments...", "...contrived set-ups and sappy facial expressions...", and finally he was described by Ansel Adams as alternately the "Devil", and "the anti-Christ.""

Pit and the Pendulum

William Mortensen - Pit and the Pendulum

The Heretic

William Mortensen - The Heretic

The Vampire

William Mortensen - The Vampire

Johan the Mad

William Mortensen - Johan the Mad

Machiavelli

William Mortensen - Machiavelli

Nude With Peacock

William Mortensen - Nude With Peacock

The Priestess

William Mortensen - The Priestess

Human Relations

William Mortensen - Human Relations

Belphegor

William Mortensen - Belphegor

L'Amour

William Mortensen - L'Amour

Circe

William Mortensen - Circe

Death of Hypathia

William Mortensen - Death of Hypathia

The Possessed

William Mortensen - The Possessed

The Warlock

William Mortensen - The Warlock

Venus and Vulcan

William Mortensen - Venus and Vulcan

Self Portrait

William Mortensen - Self Portrait

Salomés

William Mortensen - Salomés

Salomés

William Mortensen - Salomés

Stamboul

William Mortensen - Stamboul

Obsession

William Mortensen - Obsession

Nude Study

William Mortensen - Nude Study

Cinderella

William Mortensen - Cinderella

Rope Walker

William Mortensen - Rope Walker

Nude with Clock

William Mortensen - Nude with Clock

An Anatomy Lesson

William Mortensen - An Anatomy Lesson

Nude with Demon

William Mortensen - Nude with Demon

Chained Nude with Monk

William Mortensen - Chained Nude with Monk

Caprice Vennois

William Mortensen - Caprice Vennois

The Mark of the Borgia

William Mortensen - The Mark of the Borgia

Joyzelle

William Mortensen - Joyzelle

Art Studies from Zanzibar

William Mortensen - Art Studies from Zanzibar
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