Getty Museum Acquires Tress Photographs

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Arthur Tress, Child Buried in Sand, Coney Island, 1968. ©Arthur Tess, courtesy the  J. Paul Getty MuseumArthur Tress, Child Buried in Sand, Coney Island, 1968. ©Arthur Tess, courtesy the  J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired 66 gelatin silver prints by photographer Arthur Tress. The bulk of the acquisition consists of staged images of children from his series The Dream Collector (1972) and Theater of the Mind (1976). They are the first photographs by Tress to enter the Getty’s collection.

Tress began his career as a street photographer but eventually became more interested in staged, more theatrical images.