William Wegman

William Wegman is an American photographer and video artist born in 1943.

In 1970, Wegman bought a Braque de Weimar dog for his wife and named it after the photographer Man Ray. He started bringing Man Ray to his studio and the dog unexpectedly entered the frame of some pictures. It is the beginning of a long and emblematic collaboration between the artist and his dogs. Wegman makes the dog the central subject of his portraits with a lot of humour and provocation: dogs are pictured with anthropomorphic attitudes and expressions.

Although Wegman’s work was not taken seriously at the beginning of his career, Wegman’s notoriety increased after exhibiting in several galleries in New York, London and Dusseldorf. Wegman also worked in fashion photography, created short films featuring his dogs and published several children books.

 

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