Photographer Arthur Tress depicted the children’s nightmares using his camera and amazing photography skills. Tress interviewed many kids about their bad dreams and created a psychoanalytic series “Dream Collector” in the 1960s. This series illustrated the worst childhood nightmares in terrifying details.
These photographs covered divergent nightmares, monsters chasing the children, falling from a tower, being buried alive and humiliation of failing in the classroom. Other dreams included a variety of physical restrictions and claustrophobia, monsters at the bedroom window, and drowning. Many themes were less specific, more fantastic, and a number of the photographs elicit simply a mood, sensation, or recollection.