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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John V. Sigford

Born: John Vincent Sigford 
Dates:  1913 - 1973, August
Died:  US, MN, Deerwood

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Approved biography for John V. Sigford
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

John Vincent Sigford was part of a trio of Sigfords who were pictorialists in the Twin Cities during the late 1930s and 1940s. They included his wife, Lillian, whom he married in about 1939, and his older brother, Marshall. Beginning around 1937, John was an engineer at Honeywell and later became a vice president.
John was the most adventuresome of the three Sigfords, using more alternative processes, exhibiting his work more widely, and staying active the longest. He joined both the Minneapolis Camera Club and the Gopher Camera Club in about 1939. At the former, he gave talks on the bromoil and carbro processes, and served as vice president in 1940-41. In 1940, he judged a monthly competition for the Minneapolis Photographic Society.
Sigford was listed in the American Annual of Photographys "Whos Who in Pictorial Photography" twice, including the 1939-40 season, when nine of his prints were accepted at five salons. Among these were the 1940 Milwaukee salon, 1940 Rochester salon, and the Sixth Blossom Festival Salon of Photography, held in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, Michigan, in 1940.
He was also successful at his hometown Minneapolis Salon of Photography. In 1937, he showed one gelatin silver print, but three of his carbro and bromoil prints were accepted in both 1939 and 1940. Among those in 1940 was his picture Sous le Cap, Qubec, a rich bromoil image of an empty, narrow street with wet pavement.
Sigford was still photographing in 1959, when he joined the Photographic Society of America, signing up in all seven of its classifications: pictorial, nature, stereo, color, techniques, motion pictures, and photojournalism. He died in August 1973, in Deerwood, Minnesota, a small town near Mille Lac. 
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
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