Tuesday, November 4, 2014
William Mortensen: The Anti-Christ of American Photography?
Photographer Ansel Adams, whose beautiful black and white landscapes full of mountains still grace both museum and
office walls, called fellow photographer William Mortensen
“the anti-Christ” for what he did to the art of photography. Mortensen
inspired a great passion in his near-contemporary Adams thanks to the Pictorialism
of his images, whose illusions and painterly gestures offered a
devilish alternative to Adams’ “straight,” realistic photography. In the
exhibition William Mortensen: American Grotesque, which runs through November 30, 2014 at Stephen Romano Gallery,
Brooklyn, NY, Ansel Adams worst nightmare comes true, as his personal
“anti-Christ” rises from the grave of unfair neglect to collect fresh
converts to the eerie beauty of his decades-before-their-time artistry. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "William Mortensen: The Anti-Christ of American Photography?"