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photographer , video artist

William Wegman is an American artist best known for creating series of compositions involving dogs, primarily his own Weimaraners in various costumes and poses.


William Wegman was born in 1942 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States.


Wegman received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1965 and an MFA from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaigne in 1967.


By the early 70s, Wegman's work was being exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. In addition to solo shows with Sonnabend Gallery in Paris and New York, Situation Gallery in London and Konrad Fisher Gallery in Düsseldorf, his work was included in such seminal exhibitions as "When Attitudes Become Form," and "Documenta V" and regularly featured in Interfunktionen, Artforum and Avalanche.

While he was in Long Beach, Wegman got his dog, Man Ray, with whom he began a long and fruitful collaboration. Man Ray, known in the art world and beyond for his endearing deadpan presence, became a central figure in Wegman's photographs and videotapes. In 1982, Man Ray died, and was named "Man of the Year" by the Village Voice. It was not until 1986 that Wegman got a new dog, Fay Ray, and another collaboration began marked by Wegman's extensive use of the Polaroid 20 x 24 camera. With the birth of Fay's litter in 1989, Wegman's cast of grew to include Fay's offspring - Battina, Crooky and Chundo - and later, their offspring: Battina's son Chip in 1995, Chip's son Bobbin in 1999 and Candy and Bobbin's daughter Penny in 2004.

Wegman is the author of numerous books for children, including the New York Times bestseller Puppies. His latest children's book, Flo & Wendell, is published with Dial Books for Young Readers.


  • PUBLICATIONS Catalogs: American Portraits of the Sixties and Seventies, 1979 (Aspen Ctr. for Visual Arts: Aspen, Colo.); Images of the Self, 1979 (Hampshire Coll. Gall.; Amherst, Mass.); Born in Boston, 1978.


  • Other Work

    • Blue Period with Banjo, Polaroid ER print by William Wegman, 1980