Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1943, William Wegman is an American painter and photographer. Wegman received a B.F.A. in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1965 and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana in 1967.
Wegman is most known for his humorous photographic portraits of his Weimaraner dogs, a practice that began with his first dog Man Ray in 1970 and has since expanded to include Man Ray’s successor Fay Ray and her multiple offspring. He dresses the dogs in costumes and props and places them in a variety of settings, sometimes making references to other moments in art history such as Russian Constructivism and Picasso’s Blue Period.
Wegman’s work is in the collection of several museums including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC). His works have also been shown in numerous books, advertisements, and television programs such as Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live. He currently lives and works between New York and Maine.