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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Bruce Fraser

I'm sorry to say we've received a report that Bruce Fraser died earlier today. We extend our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues, and to everyone whose photography he helped improve.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON, thanks to C.

UPDATE: Sunday afternoon, and Bruce's wife Angela has sent us confirmation of the unfortunate news: "Bruce indeed passed away Saturday at mid-day. It was quick, peaceful, and appeared to be free of pain. Loved ones surrounded him as he took his last breaths.

"Bruce is so beloved."

R.I.P. B.F., and, again, our sincere condolences to his family and friends.


Blogger stephen best said...

Bruce will be remembered not only for the Photoshop tips and insights, but also for the generosity with which he shared what he'd leant. He'll be missed.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

This is very sad. I had the privelege of meeting and speaking with Bruce a number of times, including several of his presentations at the SF Dig group meetings in The City. He was a wonderful educator and a humorous, impish, very clever man. A Scot to the end. My deepest condolences to his family, his friends and colleagues.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I have known and learned from Bruce Fraser for over a decade. He was always extremely generous with his time to answer questions and help solve problems. He will be sorely missed.

Mark Wainer

10:51 PM  
Blogger Richard Ripley said...

Bruce's death is a great loss. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Mick Ryan said...

His book Real World Camera RAW vastly improved my understanding of of digital files and improved my photography greatly.

11:45 PM  
Blogger Big Mac said...

[Looking upwards and shaking fists at sky...]


9:46 AM  
Blogger thiago said...

This is just terrible news!

I have read the ACR and the color management books from him and they rank among the best post-processing books in, erm, well, my book...

It makes me feel really sad...

My condolences to his family, friends, and just about everyone (lots of people) who'll miss him...

11:12 AM  
Blogger Angelo Micheletti said...

I met Bruce at a Photoshop conference 2 years ago and was impressed with the man and his knowledge. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

Angelo Micheletti

11:24 AM  
Blogger Mitch said...

I "met" Bruce on the old Compuserve Photo Forum years ago. Then, around 1993 or 1994, he made some (free) profiles for my my Fuji Pictrography 4000 printer to see whether we could get it to print neutral B&W because Bruce felt the problem to be challenging and wanted to learn from it as well as to help me. It's sad that he's gone...

12:09 PM  
Blogger Bill Turner said...

A loss to the photographic community in general.
Bruce, you will be missed. Condolences to Bruce's family and friends.

12:10 PM  
Blogger vatovaquero said...

I haven't see nany confirmation ofthis rumor and I know several people who are close to Bruce. . I hope its not true and lets not pull the pull the plug on him just yet. I also am fervetn in my hope that he is not suiffering.

In the meantime, you can leave comments for Bruce and his loved ones at

-Ellis Vener

1:52 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

I'm as little concerned myself at the lack of corroboration so far. I would especially have expected a prompt update at Photoshop News.

Much as I would be loathe to post incorrect information of this nature, I asked our correspondent to check into the report and sadly we do feel that the information is accurate. It appears that Bruce died around noon yesterday and that his wife requested that several friends pass the news along. I've requested a confirmation from a couple of people close to Bruce and I'll post an update if and when I receive any further information. I certainly would not intend to post such a thing in error, but, under the circumstance, I will hope that I have done just that.


2:27 PM  
Blogger vatovaquero said...

This posted lesss than an hour ago on photoshopnews.

"Jeff Schewe Says:
December 17th, 2006 at 3:12 pm
Sadly, I must tell you all that Bruce passed away yesterday, December 16th, 2007 at home with his wife Angela and good friend Stephen Johnson.

Stephen wrote: “He was resting in his own bed, surrounded by people that loved him. It was a very peaceful passing.”

I would also like to pass this note along that Stephen sent me on Friday…


Dear PhotoshopNews readers,

I was with Bruce today (Friday, December 15th) as your comments were coming in.

He was truly moved and heartened by the well of affection and respect. Your comments brought a smile and warmth to his face.

Thank you so much,
Steve Johnson


So, as you have all written that Bruce has touched all your lives…your messages to Bruce indeed touched Bruce’s life in the end…"

The peopel I efell sorriest for are the ones who didn't and now won't get to directly experience Bruce as a speaker. I was lucky enough to hear him twice and briefly meet him once. In an admittedly arcane filed fileld with testy personalities, Bruce was a voice of sanity and clarity. He will be greatly missed by all of us, even those who never hear his name. His writings live on as does his memory. I'll miss him.

3:04 PM  
Blogger robert e said...

Just FYI, Mike:

"I'm terribly sorry to relay the news that our dear friend Bruce Fraser passed away yesterday. His friend Stephen Johnson says that Bruce was resting in his own bed, surrounded by people that loved him. It was a very peaceful passing. It remains awfully rough for those left behind."

My condolences to all who knew him and miss him.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Ernest Theisen said...

A couple of weeks or so ago asked about a good source for how to get my arms around RAW. You all said get Bruce's book. I did that and I meant to send him an email telling him how wonderfully clear he made it for me. As he is now in the loving arms of God, I shall now speak to him about that in my prayers. E.

1:19 AM  

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