Arthur Tress

Arthur Tress CV



November 24, Brooklyn, New York.




Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, B.F.A, 1962; Film School in Paris, 1962.


Grants / Awards:


United States Information Agency grant for Fantastic Voyage, 1993; New York State Council on the Arts grant for Theater of the Mind, 1976; Reva & David Logan Foundation grant for Shadow: A Novel in Photographs, 1974; National Endowment for the Arts grant for Dream Collector, 1972; New York State Council on the Arts grant for Open Spacein the Inner City portfolio, 1971.


Selected Exhibitions:


2007: Arthur Tress: Behind the Image, Galleria PaciArte Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy; Arthur Tress: Constructed Still Lifes 1980-1987, Kramming & Pepper Contemporary, Berlin, Germany; Arthur Tress: Subliminal Vision, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO.

2005:    Retrospective, Musara Photo Gallery, Jerusalem; Fish Tank Sonata, Chicago Cultural Center; National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

2003: Faceted Fictions, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA

2001: Fantastic Voyage: Photographs 1956-2000, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1986-88: Talisman (traveling exhibition), Photographers Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany; Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium.

1968:    Appalachia: People and Places, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., and Sierra Club Gallery, NYC.


Selected Public Collections:


• Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France

• Brooklyn Museum, New York

• Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona

• Center for Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois

• Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

• International Museum of Photography, Rochester, New York

• Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

• Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

• Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas

• Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

• Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

• New York Public Library

• Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam Netherlands

• Virginia & Albert Museum, London, England

• Whitney Museum of Art, New York, New York




• 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 Publishing Company, 1972, and New York: Avon Books, 1974.

• Shadow: A Novel in Photographs. New York: Avon Books, 1975

• Theater of the Mind. Texts by Duane Michaels, Michel Tournier, and A.D. Coleman. Dobbs Ferry: Morgan and Morgan, 1976.

• Rêves. Text by Michel Tournier. Brussels: Edition Complexe, 1979.

• Arthur Tress. Text by Peter Weiermair. Zurich: Editions Stemmle, 1995.

• Male of the Species: Four Decades of Photography. Texts by Edward Lucie-Smith and Michel Tournier. Venice, CA: FotoFactory Press,1999.

• Teapot Opera. Boston: Abbeville Press, 1988.

• Fish Tank Sonata. Boston: Bulfinch Press, 2000.

• Fantastic Voyage: Photographs 1956-2000. Texts by Richard Lorenz, and John Wood. Boston: Bulfinch Press, 2001.

• Memories. Photographs by Arthur Tress, Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire. 21st Editions, 2003.

• Facing Up. Boston: Top Choice Press, LLC, 2004.


Other Professional Accomplishments: commissioned by the Royal Mail to create the December 2000 Millennium stamp; visual consultant to the Scott Hicks film, Hearts in Atlantis.



For Further Reading:


Mora, Gilles: The Last Photographic Heroes, Abrams, New York, 2007.