Portrait Of Fay Wray By William Mortensen
PORTRAIT OF FAY WRAY BY WILLIAM MORTENSEN - Bromoil transfer 7 in. x 9 in. print of Fay Wray; with Wescosco Studio and photographer signature in pencil on recto margin. Wray was Mortensen’s first Hollywood subject and he served as her chaperone while she acclimated to studio culture (1921-24). Wray’s mother was responsible for the destruction of all glass plate negatives Mortensen took of Fay and the subsequent censure of Mortensen by Paramount instigated by her resulted in his leaving Los Angeles to establish photography school in Laguna Beach. Mortensen destroyed the majority of his prints of Hollywood subjects at this time. Excellent.