Will Wegman is arguably one of the worlds most famous popular photographers. You may recognize his dog portraits, but simply calling his work "dog portraits" is almost sacriligious.
Wegman is serious, but please don't take him so seriously. He's so funny, affable and distracted that it's easy to underestimate him. People think of him as the dog guy and don't even know that he's an artist with a broader practice. Even if people do know about his other work, they complain about his obsessive repetition of a theme (the postcards), to which I say: who hasn't met an obsessive artist before?
The dogs and the humor belie a very intense, earnest and important inquiry. I want to perch myself up on a chair and wave my arms and say: take this man seriously! If you spend your life looking half as hard as he does it'll be much richer. Humor can be intelligent and revealing, even when it's downright silly on its surface. It reminds me of how I talk about what I want people to look for when they look at art: a connection. Only connect, and then fall into it. "Only connect!
Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die." — E.M. Forster, Howards End