History of Photography

Introduction History of Photography (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

A World History of Photography (by Naomi Rosenblum)

The Story Behind the Pictures 1827-1991 (by Hans-Michael Koetzle)

Photographers' Dictionary
(based on "20th Century Photography - Museum Ludwig Cologne")



Photographers' Dictionary

(based on "20th Century Photography-Museum Ludwig Cologne")



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Arthur Tress

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Arthur Tress is a notable American photographer born on November 24, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. He is well known for his staged surrealism and exposition of the human body.
First photograph at age 12. Arthur Tress' first subjects were circus freaks and dilapidated buildings around Coney Island where he grew up. The youngest of three children in a divorced family, Arthur spent time in his early life with both of his parents: his father who re-married and lived in an upper class neighbourhood, and his mother, who remained single after the divorce and whose life was not nearly so luxurious. In high school, he also studied the art of painting.

After graduating from Bard College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1962, Arthur moved to Paris, France to attend Film School. While living in France, Arthur traveled to many locations, including Japan, Africa, Mexico, and through most of Europe. While on these journeys, he observed many secluded tribes and cultures. He was fascinated by the roles played by the shaman of the different people groups he visited. The cultures he was introduced to would play a permanent role in his later work.


Mosque, Agra, India


Girl Collecting Gold Fish, France


Girl with Dunce Cap, New York


Boy in Mickey Mouse Hat, Coney Island, NY


Boy in Burnt-out Furniture Store, Newark, NJ


Boy with Picture of Alice's Rabbit in Rockaway Playland, Queens, NY


Making Leaves, Cold Spring, NY


Boy in TV Set, Boston, MA


A Surfer Leans against Her Camper, Virginia Beach, VA


Boy Runs down Side of Support Arches of Bronx Whitestone Bridge, Bronx, NY


Hard Hat Construction and Office Workers Parade for America Day, Albany, NY


Cards and Checkerboard in Abandoned Locker Room for Railroad Workers


A Priest at St. John the Divine Seems to Be Flying, New York, NY


A Boy Sits under an Abandoned Railroad Track, Staten Island, NY


Black Children Dance to Rock 'n Roll in in Harlem's Mount Morris Park, New York City, NY


Victorian Valentine, New York


Last Portrait of My Father, New York City, NY


Blue Collar Fantasy, New York


Flood Dream


Flying Dream


Hockey Player


Bride and Groom


Claire de Lune


The Hemaphrodite


Boy With Chinese Mask


Girl with Turtles


Office Workers


But Life still seemed cold and dim..., 1980


Skateboarder with Wounded Shoulder, Los Angeles, 2005


Wounded Skateboarder’s Hand, Los Angeles, 2005


Paintball Player with Wounds, Los Angeles, 2005


Stormy Weather, California, 1995


Roll Me Over, California, 1995


Boot Fantasy, New York, 1979


Hose Catch, California, 1998


Off the Tracks, California, 1997


Wounded Skateboarder


Boy on Beach & Man from Sea


Peter on Fence, Spain, 1985


Teenage Runners, New York City, 1975


Adam in the Park, New York City, 1982


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