The Dark Side of Dreams

June 18, 2014

In the late 1960’s, photographer Arthur Tress began a series of photographs that were inspired by the dreams of children. Tress had each child he approached tell him about a prominent dream of theirs which Tress would then artistically re-create and photograph with the child as the main subject. The photographs, which were all shot in black and white, display the darker side of a child’s subconsciousness. The eerie and foreboding way that Tress captures each dream digs deeper and exposes the fears that everyone can hold from childhood throughout their lives. In 1974, the work was published in a book titled “Arthur Tress: The Dream Collector”.

text by Canbra Hodsdon