fine arf photography
April 16, 2003 9:02 AM   Subscribe

Long before William Wegman dressed up his dogs in silly costumes, posed them and then took snapshots of them, other photographers were doing the same thing in the 1800s. See the results at the Photography as a Fine ARF! exhibit at the American Museum of Photography. Other current exhibits include Did You Ever Have A Dream Like This, The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes, The Face of Slavery & Other Early Images of African Americans, and Of Bricks and Light.
posted by iconomy (9 comments total)
I think there's an innate human need to dress dogs up as people and take picture of them. It's just hard-wired into us. I was turning the family dog into a Spuds MacKenzie knockoff back when I was just a dorky kid in an isolated Nebraska town with no idea that some guy named Wegman was making money doing it.

Oh, and Wegman should be put on a rocket and fired into the sun. Anne Geddes could go with him.
posted by COBRA! at 9:10 AM on April 16, 2003

The original Fark.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:34 AM on April 16, 2003

Rabbits and big veggies?
posted by Shane at 10:23 AM on April 16, 2003

[this is good !!! ]
posted by plep at 10:28 AM on April 16, 2003

Scary bunny dreams.
No derail intended!
posted by Shane at 10:39 AM on April 16, 2003

great post iconomy!
...and on the theme of dressed doggies, here's dog in a coat.
posted by madamjujujive at 8:25 PM on April 16, 2003

congratulations, iconomy, on crafting a post that has inspired highly targeted google text ads: we have "dog photograph", "40,000 costumes", and "American Photo Magazine". Put them all together and you have photos of dogs in costumes! Yes!
posted by taz at 10:06 PM on April 16, 2003

Right now he just sits there gazing out beyond the lens of the big camera in sublime non-anticipation.

Now there's an attitude to cultivate.

Also, Willy on the Web.
posted by y2karl at 12:10 PM on April 17, 2003

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