PPOC Executive Board Vice President - Brian Boyle, MPA SPA

Today, we'd like to introduce you to the Professional Photographer's of Canada's Vice President Brian Boyle, MPA SPA from Scarborough ON. Brian is also the copyright chair and has spent many hours dedicating his time to improving the copyright laws in Canada for photographer's. He is a dedicated member of the PPOC and we are excited to share a bit more with you about what Brian does! Brian Boyle "I studied at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont. and graduated in 1973. I worked summer of '73 at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and then a number of part time gigs - some shooting and some black and white printing, and producing slides for a Toronto AV company. In March of 1974, I got a call from the ROM - one of the photographers had left and did I want a job? In 2011, I'm still there! Tiger Beetle - Megacephala PPOC, Brian Boyle My title is Senior Photographer, and I am in charge of the photography at the ROM. Most museums worldwide are either museums of man (art and archaeology) or museums of nature ( science). The ROM encompasses both of these fields, and the collections represent all countries in the world! I have photographed gems and art deco sculptures and glass; King James I traveling dinnerware kit; Louis the 14th's hunting rifle; iron and bronze age tools; court dresses from the 17th century; Sitting Bull's headdress; bones and teeth of a new unnamed dinosaur; lots of public relations and news photos; important and famous pieces of art; ancient pottery from the middle east and far east; the autopsy of a mummy; a nautalis, underwater (my head and shoulders!) in a 4 x 2 foot salt water tank; tarantulas and scorpians, running around on my shooting table; infra red and ultra violet of paintings and documents; preserved specimens of fish, butterflies and black flies; silver and gold presentation cups and bowls; meteorites from Mars and the moon; executive portraits and the odd passport. Did I mention that these artifacts and specimens are brought to me and left with me until they are done? I get to handle all of these things. At times, I pick up a piece and think about who might have held it or made it, or how many millions of years old it is. Some days, I'm like a kid in a candy store - the wonder and awe of the material I am looking at and handling can be overwhelming. I have fun doing what I do. Terrocotta Warriors Museum Xi'an, China - we arrived early (5am) to get some dramatic light for stills and video: PPOC, Brian Boyle Everything we shoot is cataloged and data-based for easy access to all staff. Many images are selected to appear in ROM Images on the ROM website. All images are saved to two separate external hard drives. Currently, we have about 18 TB of digital images, and about half a million film images, mostly 4x5 and 8x10 black and white negs. We shoot with mainly with digital backs and use dSLRs when needed. Lighting is flash, tungsten and fibre optic and lots of reflectors as needed. Tanzanite and Diamond Brooch PPOC, Brian Boyle Typically, the Vice Chair would assist the Chair in his or her duties, and take on various extra duties as requested by the Chair. A list of all Board portfolios is presented to the Board at the first meeting each year and divided up as needed. Since August, my only extra portfolio was Ethics. Copyright is a non-board portfolio. I also sit on the board of PPOC-Ontario as a voting member, to act as a liaison between the two boards. The most important aspects of my role are: increased communication and openness. They are two of the points which Chair Ken Frazer addressed as highly important. As such, we try to effectively communicate to our own affiliate as well as PPOC in general, what we are doing, why we are doing it and what the proposed outcome will be. It is very important that we continue to grow PPOC as an effective, efficient and relative association of photographers. Bust Portrait of Emperor Lucius Verus (marble): PPOC, Brian Boyle I am inspired by Yousuf Karsh, Cartier Bresson, Ernst Haas - they all had such an amazing eye and an incredible understanding of light and tone, and my family - because they keep me grounded." Detail of diamond brooch - lit with fibre optics: PPOC, Brian Boyle Same brooch lit with ultra violet light - this is used to identify the quality of the gems: PPOC, Brian Boyle To view more of Brian's work at the ROM, please visit: Royal Ontario Museum


Brian is an outstanding member of PPOC, he has been a huge part of why I am so involved with this amazing organization. Thanks for always being there to answer all my questions Brian!