1994 - Town and Country: the Photographic Legacy of Dr. F. E. Wait
Dr. Frederick Elmer Wait was born October 4, 1897 in Arden, Manitoba. Following his schooling in Calgary, he graduated in medicine from McGill University in 1923. His medical career included nine years as assistant general practitioner and surgeon to Dr. Arthur Lynch (a prominent pioneer Saskatoon surgeon) followed by a number of years in private practice. During this time, he held appointments at both St. Paul’s and City Hospitals. At St. Paul’s he was chief of surgery. He retired in 1964, and died on June 28, 1991 at the age of 93.
A member of the Saskatoon Camera Club, Dr. Wait had a special flair for photography. His eye for spectacular visual effects and his innate creativity enabled him to capture myriad images of great artistry. Many of them depict stunning, dramatic scenes of Saskatoon and the prairies. Dr. Wait also roamed far beyond this region to capture a spectrum of subjects that included portraits, architecture, still life, animals and plant life, medical scenes, landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes. Many have been exhibited or published.
Almost his entire collection of prints, negatives and slides was bequeathed to the Local History Room, and acquired following his death in 1991. Recognizing the historic importance and aesthetic value of his work, the Saskatoon Public Library presents this exhibition in tribute to Dr. Wait. It features photographic enlargements of Saskatoon cityscapes – landmark heritage structures and long-vanished vistas, as well as several striking country scenes.
Original gallery show prepared by: R. Millar
With the assistance of: A. Kagis, R. Jaremko, J. Flegg, M.T. Colombani and J. Neudeck.