I discovered the work of American photographer William Mortensen in May 2005 via the photo Human Relations. It is the photo of the face of a man whose eyes are gouged out by the pointing fingers of one hand.
Coming November Feral House is to publish American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen.
A fitting title.
Although it could also have been named American Surrealism …
And perhaps now of William Mortensen.
PS. On the cover is L’Amour, an offshoot of the dark fin de siècle fascination with human female/ape contact.