Happy Birthday to photographer Arthur Tress (b. 1940)! A Brooklyn native, Tress began photographing Coney Island as a teenager, developing a surrealist perspective amidst the decay of the amusement parks. Following a career as a US government photographer, Tress developed his signature “magical realism” style of fine photography, combining stage fantasy with reality and exploring themes of childhood, ceremony, and social allegory. This work, from our Corcoran Legacy Collection, is from Tress’s surreal “Theater of the Mind” series.
Image: Arthur Tress, “Mother and Daughter, New York City,” from the series "Theater of the Mind," 1978. Gelatin silver print, mat: 22 x 22 in. Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John V. Knaus), 2018.15.1385.