Arthur Tress

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Arthur Tress (born on November 24, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is a photographer. He is known for his staged surrealism[1] and exposition of the human body.

Life and work[edit]

A photograph by Tress of an abandoned car and unfinished apartment house at Breezy Point, Queens, NY in 1973. Taken for the Environmental Protection Agency's DOCUMERICA program to photographically document subjects of environmental concern.

The youngest of three children in a divorced family, Tress spent time in his early life with both of his parents: his father who re-married and lived in an upper class neighbourhood, and his mother, who remained single after the divorce and whose life was not nearly so luxurious. At age 12 he began to photograph circus freaks and dilapidated buildings around Coney Island where he grew up.

Tress studied at Abraham Lincoln High School, Coney Island, NY; gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. After graduating from Bard College in 1962, Tress moved to Paris, France to attend film school. While living in France, he traveled to Japan, Africa, Mexico, and through Europe. He observed many secluded tribes and cultures and was fascinated by the roles played by the shaman of the different groups of people. The cultures he was introduced to would play a role in his later work. Tress spent the spring and summer of 1964 in San Francisco, documenting the Republican Convention that nominated Barry Goldwater, civil rights demonstrations at segregated car dealerships on Van Ness Avenue, and the Beatles launching their 1964 tour. Tress took over 900 photographs that were put away and re-discovered in 2009, and featured in a show at San Francisco's deYoung Museum.[2]

He Currently resides in Cambria, California.

Publications[edit]

Tress's photograph of boys playing on a municipal incineration plant and landfill dump at Gravesend Bay. Taken for the DOCUMERICA program.
  • Open Space in the Inner City: Ecology and the Urban Environment. New York: New York State Council on the Arts, 1971
  • Arthur Tress: The Dream Collector. Text by John Minahan.
    • Richmond: Westover, 1972.
    • New York: Avon, 1974.
  • Shadow. A Novel in Photographs. New York: Avon, 1975
  • Theater of the Mind. Text by Duane Michaels, Michel Tournier and A.D. Coleman. Dobbs Ferry: Morgan and Morgan, 1976.
  • Reves. Text by Michel Tournier. Brussels: Edition Complexe, 1979.
  • Talisman. Edited by Marco Livingstone. Oxford: Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 1986.
  • The Teapot Opera. Photographs and text by Arthur Tress.
  • Male of the Species: Four Decades of Photography by Arthur Tress. Text by Michale Tournier. Fotofactory Press, 1999.
  • Fish Tank Sonata. Bulfinch, 2000.
  • Arthur Tress: Fantastic Voyage: Photographs 1956-2000. Bulfinch, 2001.
  • Memories. Photographs by Arthur Tress, Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire. 21st Editions, 2003
  • Arthur Tress: Facing Up. Top Choice, 2004.
  • Arthur Tress San Francisco 1964 by James Ganz. Prestel USA, 2012
  • Arthur Tress: Transréalités. France: Contrejour. 2013
  • Egypt 1963 One. Southport, England: Café Royal, 2014. Edition of 150 copies.[n 1]
  • Egypt 1963 Two. Southport, England: Café Royal, 2014. Edition of 150 copies.[n 2]

Collections[edit]

Tress's photograph of school children on their way home in Great Kills, on Staten Island. Taken for the DOCUMERICA program.

Tress's work is held in the following public collections:

Further reading[edit]

  • Goysdotter, Moa (2013). Impure Vision: American Staged Art Photography of the 1970s. Lund: Nordic Academic Press. ISBN 9789187351006. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Its web page is [1].
  2. ^ Its web page is [2].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hirsch, Robert; Erf, Greg (CON) (2010-12-28). Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels. Focal Press. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-240-81335-6. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  2. ^ http://deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/arthur-tress-san-francisco-1964

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