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In 1986 a new dog, Fay Ray, came into Wegman's life and soon thereafter a new photography project.
William Wegman
William Wegman was born December 2, 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He received a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts Art College in Boston in 1965 and an MFA from the University of Illinois in 1967. From 1968 to 1970 he taught at the University of Wisconsin in Waukesha and in Madison. In the fall of 1970 he moved to California to begin a one year teaching position at California State College, Long Beach.
At these various universities, Wegman's interest in areas beyond painting began to develop, ultimately leading him to photography and to video. It was in Long Beach that he got his dog, Man Ray, with whom he 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. In 1972, Wegman and Man Ray moved to New York and continued a collaboration that was to last for twelve years.