December 2nd is William Wegman’s birthday. Yes, he’s the guy with the amazing Weimaraners and witty sense of humor. Here’s a quote from Wegman on how became interested in photography and video as tools for making his art.
“My background is in painting but in school in the sixties, like many artists of that time, I believed that painting was dead. I began to work in collaboration with other artists in the creation of performances and installation works. Soon after, I started making video and photographic works and in the process became fascinated with the media itself. Before long I was setting things up just for the camera. In l970 I got a dog and he turned out to be very interested in video and photography as well.” – William Wegman
You might also enjoy this short video biography of William Wegman and his dogs:
Here are some books that feature William Wegman and his Weimaraners including the catalog from the exhibition currently on tour: The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation.