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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Marshall Sigford

Dates:  1910, 6 March - 2002, 15 August
Born:  US, MN, Stark

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Approved biography for Marshall Sigford
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

Marshall Sigford was part of a trio of Sigfords who were pictorialists in the Twin Cities during the late 1930s and 1940s that included his brother, John, and Johnís wife, Lillian.
Marshall, the older of the two brothers, was born in Stark, Minnesota, on March 6, 1910. He practiced law in Minneapolis beginning in about 1934. During World War II, he was a photographer with the United States Navy and headed the photography lab on the seventh fleetís U.S.S. Wasatch. After the war, he was a real estate lawyer with his father until about 1950. In 1957, he became the Hennepin County (Minnesota) examiner of titles, from which he retired in 1976.
He was active in Minneapolisís Gopher Camera Club, joining it in about 1939. Two years later, he served as its vice president and twice was the clubís top award winner. He judged a few monthly competitions for the Minneapolis Photographic Society, in 1940 and 1946.
Sigford successfully submitted prints to the Minneapolis Salon of Photography every year between 1938 and 1944 and again in 1949. His work was also included in the 1940 Rochester salon, the 1941 Kodak salon (Rochester), and the 1941 Spring Salon, organized by the Gopher Camera Club and shown at the Walker Art Center. During the 1940s, Sigford married and color photography became more popular among pictorialists, two factors that led to his decreased photographic activity.
The museumís photograph by Sigford shows Pillsbury grain elevators and signage nicely framed by one of the arches of the Stone Arch Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. Marshall Sigford died on August 15, 2002. 
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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