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Marc Boulay: Farewell and thank you to the UK and its fabulous photographic community!

BPH learnt recently that Marc Boulay was to return to his native Canada after a successful spell as photography archivist at the University of St Andrews Library. We asked Marc to say a few words...

Following a very rewarding seven years, this marks my last week as Photographic Archivist within the Special Collections Division of the University of St Andrews Library.  I am returning to Toronto, Canada, and in May shall begin a new career path working with Axiell ALM, specialising in collections management systems for archives, libraries and museums around the world. A change of direction for certain, but rest assured my passion for photography will endure!

I have greatly enjoyed working with my colleagues in the UK and am so very grateful for everyone’s willingness to share their time and energy in advancing the aims of the Photographic Collection at St Andrews. The material held here is truly amazing and, I’m proud to say, is now more readily available for research by a wider public. Following my years of building infrastructure, developing the collection in new directions, and establishing a vibrant network of likeminded colleagues, my departure is bittersweet, as it is now that the work taking place at St Andrews is gaining proper momentum. 

Looking back, what moves me most is my time with each of you, the precious all too rare moments basking in the wonder of the collections, and the enthusiasm for photography in Scotland and the rest of the UK which endures all! As evidence of this, check out the Season of Photography website, which is but one of the more public initiatives I am proud to have contributed to over the years.

I know that I am leaving the Photographic Collection in good hands and I will certainly watch with great interest to see how it evolves in the years to come.  

Marc Boulay / (from 4 May)


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