Prominent Sask. photographer Menno Fieguth dies

A prominent Battleford photographer has passed away.

It has been confirmed that Menno Fieguth has died at the age of 90.

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Born in Laird, Fieguth was accomplished in both music and in photography, publishing a number of photo books.

His books include Saskatchewan, published in 1980 by Oxford University Press, Historic Saskatchewan, coauthored with Deanna Christensen and published in 1986 by Oxford University Press, and Saskatchewan: A Celebrationby Western Producer Prairie Books in 1991.

Closer to home he authored the book The Seasons and Moods of Battleford: A Photographic Essay, published in 2004 by Laird Press.

He also wrote Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, which came out in 1981 from Oxford University Press.

His work Poundmaker’s Grave is part of the city of North Battleford’s permanent collection. He also has framed art in the collection at the Arts Board in Regina.

In music, Fieguth won a number of voice competitions and studied music in Vienna.

The following is from the eulogy provided by his daughter, Cheryl Zacharias:

“One of my best memories of my father is meeting him in Paris in 1985 when he was on a world photography tour. I was already going to Paris and that is where we met. His room was a floor above mine and we had our windows open. Early in the morning I would hear him holler down: ‘Little girl – it is time to get up!’ I would go down to the breakfast room and see him already entertaining everybody. He had so much energy at that time he would scamper all over Paris. I had to take a break because I could not keep up to him. He wanted to go to the Opera House, which we did. On the steps of the Opera House he belted out O Sole Mio. Then he said: ‘OK, now I can say I have sung at the Paris Opera House.’”

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