William Wegman
[Artist, b. 1943, Holyoke, Massachusetts, lives in New York.]

 As soon as I got funny, I killed any majestic intentions in my work. 
 I get so confused about life photography art. 
 I just imagined you were a camera. 
 Photography as a subject is a good one. Its history is only about 150 years... You only have to know about twenty-five or thirty names and that’s it. All you need. In painting there are more than 1,000. 
 When I first started making photo pieces it wasn’t with the idea of a commitment to the medium. I didn’t think I would have to become a photographer to make my photographs. I recall that anything could be used as material for art in that era. Photography was just one more thing. 
 Sometimes I’ve drawn on autobiographical material, maybe situations that I’ve felt trapped by, and turned them into something else, but in a very superficial way. When you find yourself thinking and worrying about certain things they become ridiculous. 
 In 1978 I decided not to work with Man Ray as an act of self-discipline. I didn’t want to rely on him. Man Ray hated not working, though. He would come into my studio, see me drawing or working on photographs, and just slump down at my feet with a big sigh. Fortunately for both of us the year ended. Polaroid had invented a new camera, the twenty-by-twenty-four, and I was invited to Cambridge, Mass., to experiment with it. Naturally, I took Man Ray and we were working again. 
 I was really relieved not to have to drag something in front of the camera, I could use a pencil and paper. A regular pencil and typing paper. That appealed to me. (On his drawings) 
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