Bride & Groom
Tress Arthur

ARTHUR TRESS

Arthur Tress was born in Brooklyn in 1940 and, since he was young, he started experimenting with the camera in Cony Island. He’s well known for a socalled “magic realism” photography in which both everyday-life elements and the ones taken from the imaginary are melted together as a trademark of his production.  

This particular approach has been especially selected for the series “Dream Collector”, a real cornerstone of his career according to which he was able to create an authentic, strong and shocking portrait of the emotional effect on the viewer. After having recorded the dreams of a group of children, he made them listening again to such memories asking them to re-experience those events, to photograph them. It deals often with surrealistic backgrounds that reveal fears, wishes and the metaphorical imaginary of the little ones. 

His aim was to go beyond the simple documentation of facts, to create works able to instill an ambiguous portrait of reality through the addition of concrete elements with a metaphysical connotation. Such choice disorientates the viewer and introduces him in a dream-like atmosphere, following a strategy used also for later works.

“The photographic image has great possibilities. The magical photograph attempts to go beyond the immediate context of the recorded experience into the realm of the indefinable. The photographer as magician is acutely aware of the multiplicity of the association submerged in the appearance of the objective world”.

Girl in painted spotlight

Girl museum on natural history

Girl in painted spotlight

1968
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Girl museum on natural history

Mexico City, 1964
gelatin silver print
cm 828 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Bride & Groom

Boy with giant ball

Stephen Brecht, Bride & Groom

New York, 1970
gelatin silver print
cm 50 x 50 ca. / inches 20 x 20 ca.

Boy with giant ball

New York, 1972
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Flood Dream

Boy looking through window

Flood Dream

Ocean City, New Jersey, 1971
gelatin silver print
cm 100 x 100 ca. / inches 39 x 39 ca.

Boy looking through the window

Boston, 1970
gelatin silver print
cm 50 x 50 ca. / inches 20 x 20 ca.

Boy in Mud

Girl in aquarium

Boy in mud

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1972
gelatin silver print
cm 40 x 50 ca. / inches 16 x 20 ca.

Girl in aquarium

San Francisco, California, 1972
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Boy in cemetery

Teenager in telephone

Boy in cemetery

New Orleans, Los Angeles, 1971
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Teenager in telephone

Bronx, 1969
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Girl with cross

Violin on snow

Girl with cross

Santa Monica, California, 1983
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Violin on snow

1970
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Claire de Lune

FLYING DREAM

Claire de Lune

Breezy Point, New York, 1975
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Flying Dream

Queens, New York, 1971
gelatin silver print
cm 50 x 50 ca. / inches 20 x 20 ca.

Girl with eagle

Shadow, the journey

Girl with eagle

1973
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Shadow: the Journey

1975
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Woman with dog

Wild man of the forest

Woman with dog

New York, 1976
gelatin silver print
cm 20 x 20 ca. / inches 8 x 8 ca.

Wild man of the forest

Central Park, New York, 1968
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Boy with duck decoy

Young man on pier

Boy with duck decoy

Passaic, New Jersey, 1968
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Young man on pier

New York City, 1982
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Urban Cowboy

The minotaur

Urban Cowboy

New York City, 1978
gelatin silver print
cm 20 x 20 ca. / inches 8 x 8
 ca.

The Minotaur

New York, 1994
gelatin silver print
cm 40 x 50 ca. / inches 16 x 20 ca.

Roll me over

Booth Fantasy

Roll me over

California, 1995
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Booth Fantasy

New York, 1979
gelatin silver print
cm 20 x 20 ca. / inches 8 x 8 ca.

Catastrophic Expectations

Hermaphrodite

Catastrophic expectations

Scarbourough, New York, 1975
gelatin silver print
cm 20 x 20 ca. / inches 8 x 8 ca.

Hermaphrodite between statues

East Hampton, New York, 1973
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Shadow, the pillgrim

Boy in Burnt-Out Furniture Store

Shadow: the Pilgrim

1974
gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Boy in burnt-out furniture store

Newark, 1969
gelatin silver print
cm 50 x 50 ca. / inches 20 x 20 ca.

Museum Curator

two lesbians

Museum Curator

New York, 1975
gelatin silver print
cm 20 x 20 ca. / inches 8 x 8 ca.

Two Lesbians

New York, 1974
gelatin silver print
cm 20 x 20 ca. / inches 8 x 8 ca.

Girl in white

Boy with plaster rabbit

Girl in white

Cape May, 1971
vintage gelatin silver print
cm 28 x 35 ca. / inches 11 x 14 ca.

Boy with plaster rabbit

Florida, 1975
gelatin silver print
cm 20 x 20 ca. / inches 8 x 8 ca.

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