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Friday, December 15, 2006

Bad News

It is with dismay that we point you to news of Bruce Fraser's serious illness. Damn it, damn it, damn it....

Bruce is a leading light of digital imaging and a pioneer of this techtonic shift in photography that has taken place over the last ten years. He has earned a place in the modern history of the medium and, although he doesn't know it, he is one of our teachers. This news is a shock and a shame. We're sure all of our contributors here at The Online Photographer join us in sending Bruce and his family our best wishes and highest regards.


Featured Comment by Steve Rosenblum: What a terrible waste of a wonderful person's life. I met Bruce on several occasions at Photoshop seminars. He was kind enough to support the Photoshop Soup-2-Nuts meetings here in Ann Arbor.

I've got to say, as a physician who has watched thousands of people cut down by cancer and heart disease before their time, that there are way too many photographers who smoke and I just wish they would quit. I've noticed that many of the presenters at the Photoshop seminars I have gone to smoke. I'm not sure what it is exactly. Maybe spending hours and hours in a darkroom or working on a computer is just the perfect setup for passing the time with a cigarette. This year I have already lost two friends to lung cancer and a few more are living on very borrowed time. It is such a damn waste of life. I know that it is a free country and people may choose their own "lifestyle" (or poison, as the case may be) but losing these folks makes me furious.

So, if you learned something from Bruce and you smoke, or you know him well enough to have loved him, do yourself, your friends, and your family a huge favor and toss that last pack in the trash. For god's sake, just do it.

(Note: Dr. Rosenblum is a cardiologist who practices in Ann Arbor, Michigan. —Ed.)


Blogger Ken Tanaka said...

Very sad, indeed. I learned he was ill several months ago but did not realize how gravely ill until this week.

I also saw that NAPP gave him their first "Lifetime Achievement" award this week. I hope it helps to bolster his spirits at this dark time.

12:35 PM  
Blogger David Emerick said...

I too was surprized that it has taken such a turn for the worst. There are an amazing amount of sympathies all over both mail lists and the web.

My prayers are with him.

P.S. Is this the only photo of Bruce?

1:03 PM  
Blogger Peter Smith said...

I encourage Bruce to never take a no for an answer and try all available treatments, because I've seen cancer patients who were given a death sentence, survive.

I agree with Dr. Rosenblum that smokers are playing a russian roulette. However, lung cancer can also occur in non-smokers.

2:16 AM  
Blogger Dave New said...

I've met Bruce a couple of times at the Photoshop Soup2Nuts seminars in Ann Arbor, and consider him a wonderful teacher. I learned late in life just how much an excellent teacher sacrifices for the sake of passing what they have learned to the rest of the world. It's a purely selfless profession, and I could only hope to aspire to do only a smidgen as much as someone like Bruce has done for the photography community.

9:33 PM  

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