Arthur Tress, the famed Brooklyn surrealist photographer, may be best known for his work in the Big Apple. But in 1964, the spry young Tress (only 24 years old at the time) packed up his camera and headed to San Francisco to snap up the summer of 1964.
Fortunately, 1964 was no ordinary summer.
Encompassing both the launch of the Beatles' first North American tour and the 28th Republican National Convention (the "Goldwater Convention"), San Francisco was squarely in the international crosshairs, and Tress caught it all. At the end of the summer, he printed his negatives in a communal darkroom in the Castro and packed them away in his sister's house, to be forgotten for nearly 50 years.
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Finally, "Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964" is in the spotlight, showing now at the deYoung Museum.
The collection includes civil rights and political rallies, portraits of San Franciscans and shots of the City's streets, shops and architecture, focusing always on the human elements. (Instead of the sweeping views, Tress's Coit Tower subject is the stylish woman perched on its edge.)
Check out a preview of the collection in our slideshow below, and stop by the deYoung before June 3 for the exhibit:
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