Wegman liked that as he began photographing, the images of May Ray were “not particularly cute but rather eerie.” A new book of a selection of Wegman’s five decades of photographs, “Being Human,” not only highlights his best-known work of the character portraits familiar to “Sesame Street,” but also those portraits that seem otherworldly.
The book, curated collaboratively with photography author William A. Ewing, is organized into themes. This edit, photographs from the section titled Hallucinations, harks back to Wegman’s experimentation with double-exposures on Polaroid film. Several of the images feature Mazzie, a near-black Weimaraner who was his assistant’s dog. She got very attached to being photographed, and would hop onto the table that was used like a pedestal, as if to say, “Are we ready to work now?” He noticed that she loved the strobe lights and seemed to need her “hit of light.”
Wegman indicated that while he never imagined his career focusing on dogs, he has no plans to retire from it. “As long as I have Weimaraners, I will photograph them. They tell me that’s what they want to do.”
All images in this post are from “William Wegman: Being Human,” published by Chronicle Books 2017.
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