It’s a Dog’s Life: Photographs by William Wegman from the Polaroid Collection






The Morris Museum of Art, Augusta

It’s a Dog’s Life :
Photographs by William Wegman from the Polaroid Collection
Exhibition > January 4, 2009







It’s a Dog’s Life: Photographs by William Wegman from the Polaroid Collection includes 29 photographs by one of the art world’s best known photographers. The prints on view will feature Wegman’s now-famous pet Weimaraner, Fay Ray, successor to his original dog of the same breed, Man Ray.


William Wegman


Rolleramer, 1987
Polaroid 20×24 Polacolor film
© William Wegman, Courtesy the Polaroid Collections



Wegman composes his photographs very carefully, giving extraordinary attention to the pose and lighting of his subject. Some of his Polaroid images continue Wegman’s penchant for dressing-up his subject in zany costumes and disguises, while others appear to be serious portraits—studies of his dog’s physical form that become studies in abstraction.

Wegman is one of several artists who have completed special projects using Polaroid’s amazing large-format instant camera, which weighs 235 pounds. Polaroid created it to make large format instant photography available for a wide spectrum of uses, from getting close-up magnified views of Raphael’s Transfiguration for the Vatican Museum to taking color portraits of President Clinton at the White House. The photographs in the exhibition are typical of those produced using this special camera, measuring 20 x 24 inches.


William Wegman


Stud 2000, 1990
Polaroid 20×24 Polacolor film
© William Wegman, Courtesy the Polaroid Collections


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