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Incredibly Surreal Works Inspired By Children’s Dreams

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When Arthur Tress began photographing, he spent much of his time at Coney Island, capturing the essence of the decaying amusement parks and strange people who frequented the place.Across the course of his career, the American photographer developed an extensive collection of work that explores people and cultures. In the 1960s, he turned towards an interest in the surreal and began creating work inspired by children’s dreams.

Oftentimes, viewers will find the work taking a bizarre turn towards disturbing, with dark, hooded figures mysteriously hovering over young children and strange faces emerging from unexpected places. This purposeful approach, described as “magic realism,” is the photographer’s signature style in which he combines improvised elements of actual life with staged fantasy.

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Copyright Arthur Tress 2014

 

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