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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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William Wegman (b. 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts) is an American photographer famous for his soulful compositions involving his Weimaraner dogs in various costumes and poses. Originally intending to pursue a career as a painter, Wegman received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1967.

While teaching at California State University, Long Beach Wegman acquired the first and most famous of the dogs he photographed. He named the Weimaraner Man Ray after the artist and photographer. Man Ray became so popular that the Village Voice named the dog "Man of the Year" in 1982. A subsequent dog was given the name Fay Ray (a play on the name of actress Fay Wray).

On January 29, 1992, Wegman appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and showed a video clip of "Dog Duet," his 1975 short of Man Ray & another dog slowly and mysteriously peering all around. Wegman explained that he had created the odd video by moving a tennis ball around, off camera, riveting the dogs' attention.[1]

Wegman's photos are in the permanent collections at the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wegman's photos and videos have also appeared in books, advertisements, films, and on the television programs Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live. In 2006, Wegman's work was featured in a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Norton Museum of Art, and the Addison Gallery. The solo exhibition Funney/ Strange will open at the Wexner Center for the Arts on September 28 and will run through December 10.

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