From Monsters & Madonnas, Camera Craft Publishing Co., San Francisco, 1935. Mortensen's wife Myrdith posed for this photograph. He blocked out her arms and head on the negative with a permanganate solution* and added the nicks and scars with a sharp blade. Camera: Soho Reflex, 3 1/4 x 4 1/4. Lens: Goerz-Dagor, 7 inch. Exposure: about 1/2 second at f.11. Film: Agfa par-speed Ortho film pack, 1930. Camera distance: 10 feet. Film developer: Glycin regular. Developing time: 2 hours. Paper for bromoil matrix: Defender Velour Black I. Texture Matrix #2. Print developer: Eastman D-64 B solution. Abrasion-Tone and spotting.
*1 oz. water, 1 gram potassium permanganate, 2 drops sulphuric acid conc.
Robert Balcomb photograph of Mortensen original print.