Edinburgh Photographic Society Member

and Professional Photographer

Marion Boron



Professional Photograph


Teacher of Photography

Marion Boron was a professional photographer with Campbell Harper and a prominent member of Edinburgh Photographic Society (EPS).  He was one of the judges of the EPS International Exhibition in 1971.

Marion often impressed me and others at EPS with the high standards that he set himself and with the quality of his work.   I recall some of his experiments, creating a colour prints from a set of black and white 'tone separated' negatives, creating the appropriate colour in the enlarger for each negative, and printing them all onto a single sheet of colour paper.

This must have been a labour of love, and required patience and precision, even to create the negatives.

Marion taught photography for many years, both at EPS and at Technical College.


Many contributors to the EdinPhoto web site, both amateur and professional photographers, have expressed their gratitude to Marion for what he has taught them over the years.

Comments of appreciation can be found on the Campbell Harper Limited and Photo Express pages, and elsewhere on this web site.




I was sorry to receive a message today, telling me of the death of Marion Boron.

Bill Brady wrote:

"I see that Marion Boron, one of my old photographic lecturers at the then Napier College, has died.  See Edinburgh Evening News: March 3, 2009.

He was originally from Poland and was an absolute master of black and white portraiture.  He was a kindly and congenial man, even to us pain-in-the-neck students.

The funeral is to be in St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday March 6 (This is the RC Cathedral in Broughton Street.  I'm not sure whether the service commences at 10am or 10.30am - Peter Stubbs) and thereafter at Mount Vernon Cemetery at 12 noon."

Bill Brady:  March 4, 2009



'Real Lives'

The Edinburgh Evening News wrote an article recognising the life and some of the achievements of Marion Boron.

The article was published on March 6, 2009, in the paper's series of articles titled: 'Real Lives' .  Here are some brief  extracts from the article:

"Tributes have been paid to Marian Boron, a lecturer in photography at Napier College for two decades, who has died, aged 87."

The article mentioned Marian's birth in Germany in 1921, his  childhood in Poland,  and becoming a teacher at a Polish school in Germany in 1946, before moving to Britain in 1947, and settling with his wife,  the following year, in Edinburgh where they brought up their four children.

"He worked at Campbell Harper's Studio in Leith from 1951 to 1961, while teaching a night school photography class in the city.

Marion subsequently worked as a lecturer at Napier College from around 1961 until his retiral about twenty-five years later, at the age of 65.

His eldest son, Stefan, said:

'He was treasurer of the Polish Catholic Church in Edinburgh for many years, and was also a great support ot Polish scout troops in the Capital.

He also liked to sing and he liked his poetry. He liked languages as well and could speak Polish, English and German, and he knew Latin.'

The Edinburgh Evening News article continued:

"Peter Tuffy, a colleague of Mr Boran for many years at Napier said:

'He was a tremendously warm person, an incredible character and very, very much loved by all the students.

The only time they had a huge party for one of the members of staff was for Marian, around the time he retired, when all the students going back years met for a huge party and we all learnt the Polish national anthem and sang it in his honour.' "

Edinbrugh Evening News:  March 6, 2009, p.16




Hani Latif


Hani Latif wrote:

Napier College

"I was a student at Napier College (now Napier University) way back in 1982, the year in which I graduated with a HND Diploma in Photography.

One of my teachers was Marion Boron.  He was one of the best teachers, tutors and portrait photographers I had ever known. He taught me how to retouch black and white prints with dyes and brushes.

I was sincerely grieved at the news of his passing away in 2009 (I have been living in Spain since  the summer of 1982.)

Request for Photo of Marion

The reason for my writing to you is to ask you if you have any photographs of Mr Boron, as I value his memory and would like to have him 'present' in my album.

I would be very grateful if you helped me in that respect or if you would advice me on how to proceed to get such a photograph.

Hani Latif, Spain, Spain:  March 11, 2011

Reply to Hani?

Unfortunately, I don't know of any photos of Marion.  If you know where any might be found, please contact me, then I'll pass on your message to Marion. 

                  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  March 13, 2011