The first UK exhibition of 20 x 24 Polaroids by celebrated American artist William Wegman opens today at London’s Huxley-Parlour Gallery. Best-known for his artistic collaborations with his Weimaraners, his lifelong muses, Wegman’s photographs, videos and paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the world.
In 1979, Wegman was invited by the Polaroid Corporation to work with the recently developed 20 x 24 Polaroid camera. Inspired by this new medium, Wegman made some of his first color photographs, continuing his collaboration with his dog, Man Ray, who was already central to Wegman’s work. Wegman continued to create work with the 20 x 24 Polaroid camera until 2007 when Polaroid stopped producing film. In his over 30 years of working with this camera, Wegman explored a rich and wide range of themes from abstraction and anthropomorphism to surrealism, cubism and color theory. Each new dog suggests new ideas and new ways of working. Fay Ray followed Man Ray in 1987 and her children and their children provided a large and ongoing cast of characters.
William Wegman: Polaroids
September 26 – October 20, 2018
William Wegman’s Dog Dynasty
Finding Life in the Shadow of a Dog
From Assistant to Photographer: Shaina Fishman, Pet Whisperer (for PDN subscribers; login required)