The Command to Look: A Master Photographer's Method for Controlling the Human Gaze by WILLIAM MORTENSENThe Command to Look: A Master Photographer's Method for Controlling the Human Gaze by WILLIAM MORTENSEN

The Command to Look: A Master Photographer's Method for Controlling the Human Gaze

byWILLIAM MORTENSEN, George DunhamContribution byMichael Moynihan

Paperback | October 31, 2014

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The Command to Look is considered one of Mortensen's most momentous and rare books. Until now, copies on the antiquarian book circuit sold for many hundreds of dollars. It is a crucial book for understanding both Mortensen's philosophy and his use of psychology in the making of his pictures. To illustrate the text Mortensen includes an amazing gallery of his best-known and most challenging images with explanations, by him, of what makes those photographs so compelling.The reprint ofThe Command to Look also contains two new major essays that assess the significance and impact of the original book. An introduction by Mortensen biographer Larry Lytle explores Mortensen's use of Jungian psychology and also discusses new advances in neural psychology that confirm Mortensen's methods of controlling the viewer's eye. The second essay, by historian Michael Moynihan (author ofLords of Chaos), details a strange and unexpected reception of the book: how this small volume on photographic methods played a role in the creation of the modern Church of Satan and Anton LaVey's theories about Satanic Magic. The Command to Look is considered one of Mortensen's most momentous and rare books. Until now, copies on the antiquarian book circuit sold for many hundreds of dollars. It is a crucial book for understanding both Mortensen's philosophy and his use of psychology in the making of his pictures. To illustrate the text Mortensen includes an amazing gallery of his best-known and most challenging images with explanations, by him, of what makes those photographs so compelling.The reprint ofThe Command to Look also contains two new major essays that assess the significance and impact of the original book. An introduction by Mortensen biographer Larry Lytle explores Mortensen's use of Jungian psychology and also discusses new advances in neural psychology that confirm Mortensen's methods of controlling the viewer's eye. The second essay, by historian Michael Moynihan (author ofLords of Chaos), details a strange and unexpected reception of the book: how this small volume on photographic methods played a role in the creation of the modern Church of Satan and Anton LaVey's theories about Satanic Magic.
William Mortensenwas an American artist and photographer, born in 1897 and who died in 1965. He was part of a group of photographers in the first part of the twentieth century called the Pictorialists, known for their romantic subject matter and alternative photographic processes. Mortensen didn't fit easily into that group, however. H...
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Title:The Command to Look: A Master Photographer's Method for Controlling the Human GazeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:190 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 31, 2014Publisher:Feral HouseLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1627310010

ISBN - 13:9781627310017

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There's a reason why Anton Szandor LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, called upon Mortensen's artistic aesthetic and psycho-optical theories when creating LaVeyan Satanism and iconography of the Church. But you don't have to be the Black Pope to appreciate or make use of Mortensen's trademark techniques for commanding the gaze. -The AlibiCommand to Look ... influential, especially in renegade realms. Feral House simultaneously published the exquisite compendium American Grotesque... . - Shawn Macomber,FangoriaMortensen was a giant, and it is time to acknowledge his stature. Buy both of these new books. But be warned: if you do, you may well find yourself haunting used bookshops and the internet to round out your collection with everything he ever wrote. -Amateur Photographer There's a reason why Anton Szandor LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan, called upon Mortensen's artistic aesthetic and psycho-optical theories when creating LaVeyan Satanism and iconography of the Church. But you don't have to be the Black Pope to appreciate or make use of Mortensen's trademark techniques for commanding the gaze. -The AlibiCommand to Look ... influential, especially in renegade realms. Feral House simultaneously published the exquisite compendium American Grotesque... . - Shawn Macomber,FangoriaMortensen was a giant, and it is time to acknowledge his stature. Buy both of these new books. But be warned: if you do, you may well find yourself haunting used bookshops and the internet to round out your collection with everything he ever wrote. - Amateur Photographer