Books

On the bookshelf

On the bookshelf

Last year I bought a dozen books on Portrait photography, this was perhaps the best: The Photographic Portrait by Robin Gillanders.  It is a book that deserves to be read from cover to cover. The Photographic Portrait is an interesting book, it covers basic techniques as well as the authors thoughts on portraiture and his working method….

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William Mortensen, Secrets of ‘The Command to Look’, Part 2

William Mortensen, Secrets of ‘The Command to Look’, Part 2

Ansel Adams had discribed him as the Anti Christ. Anton LaVay founder of the Satanic Church had even dedicated the Satanic Bible to no other than William Mortensen.  It was said he had discovered the psycology of why we look at images and with this knowledge he had devised “The Command to Look”It wouldn’t be…

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William Mortensen, secrets of the Command to Look. Part 1

William Mortensen, secrets of the Command to Look. Part 1

  • 30th December 2014
  • Books

I discovered upon William Mortensen whilst researching vintage books on photographing models. I have always been charmed by Victorian portraiture and this book from 1920, whilst not of Victorian vintage, I had hoped may skim a light across classical conventions in posing. The book chosen that dropped through my letterbox was “The Model” by William…

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