William Wegman by William Wegman
Puppies

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Lavish full-color photographs accompanied by the author's laconic, witty prose capture the personalities of three generations of his famous weimaraners and explain how he manages to pose and costume them in his trademark style. Tour."
 

About William Wegman

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William Wegman was born in 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He received a B.F.A. in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1965. In 1967, He received an M.F.A. in painting and printmaking at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Wegman taught painting at various universities, but later became interested in photography and video. Wegman may be best-known for his photography involving his Weimaraner dogs in various poses and costumes. His work can be seen in museums throughout Europe and the United States, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wegman was on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson Show in 1992, and his dogs have had appearances on Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street. Wegman lives in New York and Maine.
 
Published October 15, 1997 by Hyperion. 96 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Fiction

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For two decades, photographer Wegman (William Wegman's Mother Goose) has focused on his weimaraner menagerie, as this unusual and amiable album indicates. Part documentary, part catalogue raisonne and

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The retrospective of William Wegman's multifarious career that opened yesterday at the Brooklyn Museum simultaneously confirms why Mr. Wegman hasn't always received the respect he deserves and why he deserves it.

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The retrospective of William Wegman's multifarious career that opened yesterday at the Brooklyn Museum simultaneously confirms why Mr. Wegman hasn't always received the respect he deserves and why he deserves it.

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It's no surprise that the endpapers are designed to look like the fake wood of rec-room paneling from a bygone day, or that Chundo decides to make ""a rustic sportsman's lamp"" (the shade shows a fisherman amid a woodland stream) for Chip's birthday.

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Photogenic weimaraner Chip, who played a big-city naif in Wegman's Farm Days, helps send up small-town life in this affectionately campy salute.

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(In one scene a character extends a human foot with garish red toenails to try on the glass slipper.) The unkind stepmother, wearing a disheveled black wig, intimidates readers with a cold gaze;

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After ""Little Boy Blue,"" Mother Goose scolds, ""It's okay to take naps, but not when you are on duty,"" and ""Jack Sprat"" includes the low-fat warning that ""Mother Goose reminds you to eat more vegetables."" The book derives its edge as much from the freewheeling typography as from the dogs' ...

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Although Wegman's artistic output includes photography and video work that doesn't feature canines, ""by the mid-Seventies,"" he wryly notes, ""I had become the guy with the dog."" The dog was Man Ray, a weimaraner with a movie star's instinct for the spotlight.

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Longtime Wegman watchers will enjoy spotting Chip, Batty, Crooky and their elder Chundo (who plays the overseer at the McFay farm) in their new roles here.

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For two decades, photographer Wegman (William Wegman's Mother Goose) has focused on his weimaraner menagerie, as this unusual and amiable album indicates.

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The Boston Globe

BRUNSWICK, Maine — William Wegman is the guy who dresses up dogs in human clothes, or has them pose in human situations.

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Taking up a tradition of studio-born, dress-up portraits that runs from Rembrandt and Velazquez through Corot, Manet, Matisse, Claude Cahun, and Cindy Sherman — a tradition steeped in human pathos — Wegman transposes the tradition to his Weimaraners, with predictable results: doggy humor with dim...

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Oprah.com

Taken between the turn of the 20th century and the early 1950s, these images of pups—attentive and aloof, perky and proud—tell us all we need to know about the enduring bonds of affection between the humans and the adorable pets who so effortlessly steal the spotlight from their owners.

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Photographing the dogs outside is a little like fishing: Find a promising stretch, make a cast, catch and release, move on," writes William Wegman in his introduction to Dogs on Rocks.

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LA Times

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An exhibition of photographs by William Wegman raises great questions about truth, deception and storytelling, particularly as they relate to art and photography, trust and gullibility, knowledge and pleasure.

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