"William Wegman was born in 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He received a B.F.A. in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1965 and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana in 1967.
It was while he was in Long Beach that Wegman got his dog, a Weimaraner who he named Man Ray, and began a long and fruitful collaboration. Man Ray, known in the art world and beyond for his endearing deadpan presence, became a central figure in Wegman’s photographs and videotapes. When Man Ray died in 1982 he was named “Man of the Year” by the Village Voice.
It was not until 1986 that Wegman got a new dog, Fay Ray, and another collaboration began marked by Wegman’s extensive use of the Polaroid 20 x 24 camera.
Currently, Wegman works with two dogs, Flo and Topper, who were the inspiration for his children’s books Flo & Wendell and Flo & Wendell Explore. When they’re not working in the studio in New York, Flo and Topper live with Wegman in Maine.
William Wegman lives in New York and Maine where he continues to paint, draw, make videos and take photographs with his dogs, Flo and Topper.”