William Wegman's Pups

William Wegman's Pups

by William Wegman
     
 

Wegman provides in his own words a look at how his work has progressed since he brought Man Ray, his first puppy, home. This book provides compelling insight into Wegman's work and his true love and respect for his dogs. Wegman also explores the individual personalities of the puppies, as well as the special relationships that develop between them and the camera.  See more details below

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Wegman provides in his own words a look at how his work has progressed since he brought Man Ray, his first puppy, home. This book provides compelling insight into Wegman's work and his true love and respect for his dogs. Wegman also explores the individual personalities of the puppies, as well as the special relationships that develop between them and the camera.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For two decades, photographer Wegman (William Wegman's Mother Goose) has focused on his weimaraner menagerie, as this unusual and amiable album indicates. Part documentary, part catalogue raisonne and part coffee-table book, this photo essay opens with a (canine) family tree and contains Wegman's affectionate recollections of his companions. Color images of the dogs from their first days through adulthood, prove that these puppies have grown up facing the camera. Soon after their birth, Wegman arranges them in squirmy piles; later, he tosses them in the air, and an assistant captures on film their sailing ears, splayed legs and blank stares ("In their trust in us, they are oblivious"). The artist avoids warm fuzzy softness, which he calls "the cuddly-bear greeting card phase" and contends that newborn pups are "more alien than cute." Aesthetics, wit and pathos inform every image (notably a quartet of blurred, desperate shots of a puppy trying to swim). Only the steeliest cynic could remain unmoved by photos of sightless puppies propped on wood blocks or squinting blue-eyed pups nestled in cloth cocoons. This enormously appealing volume contains artistic tension and fatherly pride enough for any collector of Wegman's past work or newcomers to his photography. All ages. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Carol Collins
This photo journal chronicles three generations of Weimaraners from Fay Ray to her female offspring Battina to Chip and includes all the other siblings of the second and third generation. Wegman's attachment to the dogs becomes evident in both the text and the photos themselves. In fact, the story seems to be about his children instead of his canines. Emphasis, however, is more on the bizarre nature of these peculiar looking animals rather than trying the make them look simply cute. Dressing them up in costumes, posing them on blocks, in vases, on shelves or in front of odd backdrops accentuates their rag doll with furrowed brow look. Yet, it is at their seemingly unposed moments that they are most appealing, especially as young puppies. Children will no doubt be fascinated by the nursing newborns and intrigued by all of the ways to play with dogs, but let's hope they won't try to throw their puppies in the air for fun.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786804481
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
04/15/1999
Pages:
18
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

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