Below are sample pages showing the layout of the book (measures 9"x9"), which is richly illustrated throughout the text. Also featured are 82 photographs by Robert Balcomb, including portraits, still lifes, and pictorials; six photographs by Mortensen from Balcomb's personal collection; and two portraits that Balcomb and Mortensen worked on together as part of the author's schooling with the Master.

Chapter topics include Balcomb's time studying with WM in Laguna Beach, the WM Pigment Process, Paper Negatives, Prismatics, a discussion of Portraits vs. Pictorials, and "A Day with Jayne," about how Balcomb came to shoot the finest portrait ever taken of Jayne Mansfield. The appendices include "The Mortensen Books," "Materials and Formulas," "Texture Screens, " and detailed "Notes on the Photographs."





Collaborative portrait by Mortensen and Balcomb