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Memorable Manitobans: Perry Diamond (1921-2006)


Born at Winnipeg on 1 July 1921, son of Tom and Sarah Diamond, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 and was based in North Africa with the 425 Alouette Squadron. There he developed an interest in photography when he started photographing on aerial bombers. He participated in the liberation of Italy and Sicily and ended in Yorkshire, England in 1944. After the war, he attended the School of Modern Photography in New York City then he returned to Winnipeg where he founded Fredric Perry Photographers in partnership with Fred Billows in the Time Building. In 1954, after the Time Building had burned down, he moved to the Odeon Theater Building with a new partner Fritz Alkier. He photographed weddings, simchas’ and such famous people as Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, and Izzy Asper as well as politicians, movie stars, and musicians. He served on the board of the Professional Photographers of Manitoba including tenure as its President. He died at Winnipeg on 23 May 2006.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 2006.

“They will not be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 2007, page B1.

This page was prepared by John Redekopp.

Page revised: 2 November 2017

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