Photographer Arthur Tress in the ’60s interviewed children about their dreams and then depicted the stories for his camera using the same children as his actors.
The images have a haunting, surreal quality. Long before the advent of Photoshop and digital affects, Aurthur gave us photographs of our dream images. The Dream Collector project took years and honed his skills. As a gay man he used this skill and focused it on gay desire and appreciation for men. Tress captured with his shutter dicks and desire and the decadence of the gay male body.
His photography paved the way for homoerotic photographers. His first one-man show was at the Robert Samuel gallery in the West Village that also exhibited his peers Robert Mapplethorpe and Peter Hujar.
Exhibiting such bold and blatant work was risky, groundbreaking, and not without consequences. Still, Arthur Tress persisted and has informed society on so much and given us so much on which to form our fantasies.
We, at Tom of Finland Foundation, honor his contribution, artistic vision, and unabashed photographing of gay desire.
Lifetime Achievement Award
FOR LEADERSHIP AND STEADFAST COMMITMENT
TO THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY