American Grotesque

American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen is a fascinating, lush and macabre photography book examining the life and work of William Mortensen who was a pioneer in his field.

While he was in Hollywood between 1921-1942, Mortensen developed a friendship with actor Lon “The Man of a Thousand Faces” Chaney and together the two men collaborated with horror directors Todd Browning and William Nigh. Mortensen’s unconventional methods and his propensity towards grotesque, esoteric and erotically charged imagery compelled his peers, including photographer Ansel Adams, to label Mortensen the “Antichrist.”

My complete review, along with many extraordinary images from the book, can be found on the official Turner Classic Movies blog: The Movie Morlocks.