Arthur Tress was born in 1940 and began his first camera work as a teenager in the surreal neighborhood of Coney Island. Tress is best known for photographing in a mode of “magic realism” combining elements of actual life with staged fantasy that became his hallmark style of directional fabrication.
This approach was shown in his early books “Dream Collector,” “Shadow,” “Theatre of the Mind” and a recent collection of homoerotic fantasy, “Male of the Species.”
In the mid 1980’s Tress began doing a series of color still-lifes that were later published as “Tea Pot Opera” and “Fish Tank Sonata.” Tress has exhibited widely, beginning with his first one-man show at the Smithsonian Institute –“Appalachia People and Places” in 1967 to his recent 50-years retrospective at the Corcoran Gallery of Art – “Fantastic Voyage.”
He has received grants from the New York State Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.