In the summer of 1964, San Francisco was ground zero for an historic culture clash as the site of the 28th Republican National Convention and the launch of the Beatles’ first North American tour. In the midst of the excitement, a young photographer new to the city was snapping pictures not of the politicians or musicians but of the people in the crowds and on the streets. Arthur Tress, an accomplished American photographer, made more than nine hundred negatives in San Francisco during the spring and summer of 1964—among his earliest documentary work.
This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications.
Left: Untitled (Coit Tower), Center: Untitled, Right: Untitled (Powell Street); all 1964