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    William Mortensen was in Hollywood, and did portraits, though he did a lot more than just portraits of stars. Though he has a pretty famous picture of Jean Harlow.

    His book "Pictorial Lighting" is a very interesting read and provides a pretty interesting, simple & logical method for lighting. He only uses 2 lights but can do a whole lot. I'd seriously recommend it; although some people don't like his work mostly thanks to slander from A. Adams, but don't let that dissuade you.
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    Mortensen also wrote useful books on modeling, although illustrated in his occasionally grotesque style. He was also a painter, and couldn't resist manipulating some photos almost beyond recognition. No wonder Adams and Weston shunned him.

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    I agree Jim, but one could look at those manipulations as his greatest feat. Certainly, he was not a fan of f/64, photo-realism; but I personally enjoy painting, drawing, and abstract art, so I find a place for it. A great example of this is his "Human Relations" -> http://www.flickr.com/photos/ajourne...ll/3169144660/

    Also, his nudes are quite... nice.

    It's like comparing apples to oranges I think; and both have their place. I can also appreciate Adam's and Weston's opinions, because they were setting out to do something new, and in order to do that one must have strong convictions about their art.

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    the MMI is an AWESOME resource...went there for a preview of the king's speech
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    Just outside your bracket of 30s 40s Hollywood is one of my favourite photographers, Alfred Cheney Johnston.
    He did portraits of the Ziegfeld Follies til about 1929. The shots are not complex, but I think he really knew how to make a woman look amazing.

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