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Being Human: The Surreal + Playful Work of William Wegman

All artists have a muse. For William Wegman, inspiration arrived in 1970 when his dog, Man Ray, appeared in front of his camera.

Whether you were introduced to Wegman’s beloved Weimaraners through Sesame Street or in a museum setting, one thing is certain—once you’ve seen his work, it’s impossible to forget.

William Wegman: Being Human

In William Wegman: Being Human, 300 photos (made across nearly four decades) are organized thematically by visual themes, like physique, masquerade, terrain, and nudes. Exploring the wide range of his work in one sitting is hypnotic and delightful, and keeps the phrase “being human” at the forefront of one’s mind.

Take a look at some of photos below and see for yourself the many shoes these dogs can fill.

William Wegman

Jellyfish, 1997 (Chip)

 

William Wegman

Upstanding, 2005 (Penny, Candy)

 

William Wegman

Looking Right, 2015 (Topper, Flo)

 

William Wegman

Dressed for Ball, 1988 (Fay)

 

William Wegman

Red Wine, 1998 (Batty, Chip)

 

William Wegman

Leopard / Zebra, 1981 (Man Ray, Man Ray)

 

William Wegman

Gray Note, 2012 (Flo)

 

William Wegman

Kidnapper, 1993 (Fay)

 

William Wegman

The Deal with the Surreal, 1994 (Batty)

 

William Wegman

Lighting Director, 2002 (Chundo, Crooky, Batty)

 

William Wegman

Contact, 2014 (Topper)

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William Wegman: Being Human

You can find William Wegman: Being Human here—if you preorder before 10/3/17, we’ll send you a set of limited edition note cards.

Jenna Homen

Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found cooking, camping, or in a museum. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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