Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Arthur Tress


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Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964

In the summer of 1964, San Francisco was ground zero for an historic culture clash as the site of the 28th Republican National Convention and launch of the Beatles’ first North American tour. In the midst of the excitement, a young photographer new to the city was snapping pictures not of the politicians or musicians but of the people in the crowds and on the streets. Arthur Tress, an accomplished American photographer, made more than nine hundred negatives in San Francisco during the spring and summer of 1964—among his earliest documentary work. Exulting in juxtapositions of the mundane and the absurd, Tress captured the chaos of civil rights demonstrations and political rallies, the idiosyncratic moments of San Francisco’s locals, the peculiar contents of shop windows, a miscellany of odd signs and much more.

Tress developed and printed his black-and-white negatives in a communal darkroom in the city’s Castro district before departing San Francisco in the fall of 1964. The vintage prints were packed away in his sister’s house, coming to light again only in 2009. The rediscovery of this forgotten body of work inspired the photographer to revisit his early negatives, and Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964 is the delightful outcome.



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14 comments:

sporkgasm said...

LOVE! I love that you introduce me to so much new art that I adore. Old photos are my favorite. These are all so great.

diane said...

What a lucky find for his sister. The guy had talent.
Thanks for sharing these, it feels like a real privilege to see them.

Trissta said...

Oh. Wow. I do love the idea behind his work. Documentary type stuff always gets me. It's amazing to see that something like this has come back from the dark. What a great introduction!

Much Love,
Trissta

Claire Kiefer said...

I totally assumed these were in San Diego cause of the "La Jollans" sign. La Jollans is a funny word.

These are eerie and haunting, and I wonder what the kids in these pics are doing now.

mermaid gallery said...

he really captured the uneasiness of the times......

NellieVaughn said...

San Francisco is just not that interesting today. The people are friendly, and there's always so much to do, but it doesn't have as much soul as it used to.

Dancing Branflake said...

These are awesome! I love how each person looks like a model. I mean, they look good.

Pearl said...

Never knew... and now I love it. A fabulous day so far... :-)

Pearl

Miss Absinthe said...

I look at their faces and wonder how they felt about living in their times and if it's close to how these times make me feel... thank you!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

LOVE these!!!! amazing to see all the captures and it's even greater to have some context to it. thank you for sharing!!!

fabulousjunk said...

wow.. like I said you always have the coolest shit on your blog

becks
http://fabulous-junk.blogspot.com

OneWord said...

Awesome Photos! Thanks for sharing!

itsCatherine said...

Amazing photography. Thank you <3

melifaif said...

Brilliant!!!! First pic takes first prize in my book! :)