William Wegman’s Sesame Street streak in the 90’s familiarized all of us with the Weimaraner Wegman Dogs. Those carefree hounds would get their haircut, show us how to bake bread, and even introduce holiday seasons. But what us dumbfounded toddlers didn’t know was by that point Wegman’s career as a photographer, illustrator, and film maker was already decades deep and steeped in surrealism. We’ve collected some images and film clips spanning William Wegman’s career in order to showcase and expose the little recognized truth about an overshadowed artist. You might find this first clip familiar. Who could it be? It’s Ziggy Keiken and now she can see her violin!!
And now lets compare the dog barber shop to an earlier experimental films Wigman made prior to Sesame St.
While your thinking, we’ll keep searching for more footage of the origins of the dog photographer genius, William Wegman.
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