Magazine article The Spectator

Shaggy Dog Story

Magazine article The Spectator

Shaggy Dog Story

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WILLIAM WEGMAN : FUNNEY /STRANGE by Joan Simon Yale, £29.95, pp. 292, ISBN 0300114443 . £23.95 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655

Until 1970 when he got his first Weimaraner from a litter in Long Beach, California, William Wegman was just another West Coast conceptual tyro, doing regular doubletake stuff like spelling out the word WOUND in sticking plaster stuck to the face. He loved the way the puppy asleep looked like a dropped sock. That gave him an idea, a juicy bone of an idea, an idea worth fooling around with for years to come.

Pausing only to name him Man Ray after the only all-American Surrealist, he began thinking up inappropriate poses.

Being a Weimaraner Man Ray could be relied on to look long-suffering no matter what and this was great when it came to role-plays involving mind-blowing costume changes. …

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