Friday, August 2, 2019

Renowned Photographer Retires

Brian Boyle
After an amazing 45 (!) years, Brian Boyle - the ROM’s senior photographer - will be retiring at the end of August.  His last day will be Friday, August 30th.

Brian started at the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) in 1974, and during his tenure, he has helped lead the transition from the analog 20th century to the digital 21st century.  When he started at the ROM, photographers shot everything on black and white film, using 4 x 5” cameras.  Since 2002, Brian has worked entirely with digital cameras and has led the ROM in establishing itself as a premier institution in the digital world. 

Over the years, Brian has been responsible for every aspect of the Museum’s photographic needs such as galleries, exhibitions, architecture, portraits, events, and macrophotography.  He has handled objects and specimens from every collection at the ROM, using his large range of knowledge in lighting, positioning, and post-production to ensure they are showcased in their best light. 

Outside of his work at the ROM, Brian stays involved with the photography industry and changing technologies as an active member of Professional Photographers of Ontario (PPOC-ON). He has held numerous leadership positions such as President of PPOC-ON and former Vice-Chair of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). His other awards and honours include Master of the Photographic Arts and Service of the Photographic Arts from the PPOC; Fellow of PPOC-ON; and Honourary Lifetime Memberships from the PPOC and the Korean Professional Photographers Association. 

Aside from all his professional expertise, for over 25 years Brian has been playing his banjo at the ROM’s monthly Song Circle.  He is a constant ocean of calm, kindness, diplomacy, and graceful humor.  He will be deeply missed.

Please join me in thanking Brian for all his years of service, and in congratulating him on his next adventure!

Shyam Oberoi
Chief Digital Officer, ROM
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