(1887 - 1965)
William Mortensen was active/lived in California, New York. William Mortensen is known for surrealist painting and portrait photography, morbidity themes.
Biography William Mortensen
William Mortensen (1897-1965) was an American art photographer, primarily known for his Hollywood portraits in the 1920s-1940s in the pictorialist style.
He was born William Herbert Mortensen on January 27, 1897 in Park City, Utah, the son of Danish immigrants, Agnes and William Peter Mortensen who had immigrated from Copenhagen, Denmark in 1883. During World War I, Mortensen served with the United States Infantry from August 6, 1918 to May 16, 1919. At his enlistment, he recorded his occupation as painting.
After his discharge from the army, Mortensen briefly studied illustration at the Art Students League in New York City. In May 1920, Mortensen traveled abroad in Greece, Italy, Egypt and Constantinople to "sketch for educat
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