Bill was born in 1943 in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He received a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Wegman is best known for his 20 by 24 inch Polaroid photographs of his weimaraners. A retrospective of Wegman’s works, which originated in 1990 at the Kunsthalle in Lucerne, Switzerland, traveled to numerous museums in Europe and the United States, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Wegman has also created video segments, starring his dogs, for “Sesame Street”. Man’s Best Friend, a book of Wegman’s photographs, was published in 1982 by Harry N. Abrams. Some of his other published titles include Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella.