John W. Telford is an outdoor photographer known for his acute color perception. He was previously a photography professor at Brigham Young University.
Although essentially self-taught, Telford earned an MFA from the University of Utah where he was the supervisor of photography at Educational Media Services. He also taught at Westminster College, the Salt Lake Art Center, and the Hill Air Force Base.
In 1988 he and naturalist writer Terry Tempest Williams collaborated on Coyote’s Canyon, a photo and essay journal of southern Utah. Reflections of Sunset, Lonepeak, Draper, Utah, a color photograph, won the purchase award at "Utah ’88," a photography exhibition sponsored by the Utah Arts Council. He has produced several books about Utah, culminating in his photography exhibit, People, Places and Things on Highway 89. In 2012 Telford's photographs were displayed in BYU's Museum of Art in an exhibit entitled In the Shadows of Timpanogos.
Telford was the department chair for BYU's Department of Visual Arts from 2003-2005. As a professor at BYU Telford was awarded with the Karl G. Maeser Research Grant in 1998. Additionally, he was invited to speak at one of the campus' weekly devotionals in 2007.
In 2016, Telford held a lecture in the Tanner Building on BYU's campus to discuss his forty-year collection of photos depicting the environment and landscape surrounding Utah's highway 89 titled "People, Places & Things on U.S. 89."