This image displays a series of images Mortenson made between 1982 and 1984 of the then-troubled region of the South Bronx. With an average of 30 ‘insurance’ fires breaking out in the region every day, Mortenson created a stark document of a neighborhood that makes Detroit look like a gated community. The crisp black & white imagery (completely devoid of people) only adds to the starkness of the images. Mortenson’s images lean heavily on the exterior facades of the buildings (almost eerily similar to Polidori’s document of post-Katrina New Orleans), produced in either two sizes–modest 8×10″ prints and luscious 40×50 images (image sizes are approximate…). Complementing these exterior images are studied & well-composed documents of the burned-out, smashed-to-hell interiors.