Monsters and Madonnas
William Mortensen (1897-1965)
It is hard to know where to begin with this, Mortensen's most famous book and, with the much newer American Grotesque (Feral House 2014), the best illustrated.
First, there are two very different editions. The 1936 Camera Craft original is small and all in black and white while this 1967 edition from Jacques de Langre is 11x14 inches (28x35cm) and has eight colour plates. The two books are sufficiently different that you really need to read both: each has its fierce advocates. The newer edition is something of a bastardization, but the pictures make up for it.Both editions are quite hard to find and expensive when you can find them.