Arthur Tress (b. 1940) is a singular figure in the landscape of postwar American photography. His seminal series, *The Dream Collector*, depicts Tress’s interests in dreams, nightmares, fantasies, and the unconscious, and established him as one of the foremost proponents of magical realism at a time when few others were doing staged photography.\n\nBorn in Brooklyn and educated at Bard College, Tress traveled the world in the mid-1960s and afterward established himself as a commercial photographer in New York City. He earned his living by placing his diverse portfolio of images with advertising and stock photo agencies, including Photo Researchers Inc. and Magnum, while securing environmentalist and social documentary commissions from VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and the Sierra Club. At the same time, he embarked on a series of increasingly radical photobook and exhibition projects that delved deeper into the world of surrealism and magical realism.\n\n*Arthur Tress: Rambles, Dreams, and Shadows* (J. Paul Getty Museum, $60) contextualizes the highly imaginative, fantastic work for which he became known, and also examines his other interrelated series undertaken between 1968 and 1978: *Appalachia: People and Places*; *Open Space in the Inner City*; *Shadow*; and *Theater of the Mind*. James A. Ganz, Mazie M. Harris, and Paul Martineau plumb Tress’s work and archive, studying ephemera, personal correspondence, unpublished notes, diaries, contact sheets, and more to uncover how he went from earning his living as a social documentarian in Appalachia to producing surreal work of “imaginative fiction.” This abundantly illustrated volume imparts a fuller understanding of Tress’s career and the New York photographic scene of the 1960s and 1970s.\n\nThe J. Paul Getty Museum holds an extensive collection of work from Tress’s initial decade of activity, including the master set of *The Dream Collector*. This volume accompanies an exhibition on view at the Getty Center from October 31, 2023, to February 18, 2024.