Seldom has the maxim "A dog is man's best friend" been truer than in the case of photographer William Wegman and his beloved Weimaraners. Wegman has built a lucrative career and enchanted thousands with photographs of his captivating canines - often dressed as humans, sometimes in drag, frequently comical, always amazing.
A Massachusetts native, art school graduate, and teacher, Wegman got his first Weimaraner in 1970. He named him Man Ray, and an oeuvre was born as Man Ray became the centerpiece of the artist's photographs and videotapes. In 1986 a new dog found the artist; he dubbed her Fay.
Still stricken by the death of Man Ray, Wegman was at first reluctant to photograph Fay. But, as he watched her develop he realized that her personality was almost the polar opposite of Man Ray, and this sometimes coy, often diffident, always charmingly eager to pose Weimaraner became the focus of his work. Fay chronicles the working relationship and love story between a man and his dog.
There was a time when Wegman suffered the slings of animal rights protestors who accused him of misusing his pets. Looking at his photos one can only marvel at the rapport, the affection, the symbiosis, if you will, between man and dog. If ever there was a four-legged champion, it is Wegman. He writes of photographing Fay, "I zoomed in on her amidst another rush of swirling gray. She had the eyes of a jungle cat, round, opalescent, yellow, unfathomable, a young lioness by Rousseau."
Fay is an irresistible package - the story of Wegman's life and work, unforgettable photos of Fay, and a moving tribute to the bond between man and dog.
The pictures are fantastic, but it is the story of Fay and her children that are really memorable. A touching account that will make you laugh and cry.