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Lot 339: (COLLAGES) A charming album with nearly 100 altered photographs by William Sigman, who owned a photography studio in Phoenixville, Penn
25 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
A charming album with nearly 100 altered photographs by William Sigman, who owned a photography studio in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, incorporating collages and other visually creative compositions.
The album largely features a 1935 calendar series ("Year After Year!") of playful collages incorporating the heads of the local Rotary Club members into tableaux, landscapes, and other witty compositions. Many with a photographic label indicating a month; also includes collaged Rotary Club birthday greeting cards, club group portraits, self-portraits, and related imagery. "Bill" Sigman apparently owned his studio for at least 40 years: with 2 images laid in, one of the photographer in front of his store, and the other of the photographer as a younger man in front of what might be his darkroom. The album with a mounted inscription, "I hope you will get as much pleasure out of these pictures as I did in making them." Silver prints, the images measuring 7x9 inches (17.8x22.9 cm.), but most smaller, and the reverse, mounted recto/verso. Oblong 4to, brown flexible boards with a tie binding. 1940
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