It was while he was in Long Beach that artist William Wegman 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 1981, Man Ray died. 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. Wegman’s love of Weimaraner’s and the dogs subsequent love to pose for pictures has made Wegman’s work one of the most celebrated in photography.
Click the pic to see some of his work. Note: click the 20×24 polaroids tab on the right-hand side to see his dog stuff.