Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
Whatever it was, development times were loooooooong, if you believe these notes--

Mortensen often used stand development. His motto was "expose for the highlights and develop for the shadows". Hence he developed to completion. He admitted that this would only work well for subjects with his lighting system, which amounted to getting the light source as close to the axis of the lens as possible.

If at all possible, every photographer should get a copy of Mortensen's The Model and The Command to Look.