By Ellis Vener
A universally respected and liked man, author and digital imaging expert Bruce Fraser's greatest contributions were perhaps behind the scenes as a consultant for companies like Adobe, Apple, Epson, GretagMacbeth, HP, Eastman Kodak, and X-Rite among others. Fraser died at home in the company of his wife and friends on December 16, 2006. He had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer earlier this year.
Fraser's work went to the very heart of what we do as photographers, and his was a defining voice in the evolution of Photoshop. He was able to address an abstruse, technical subject and explain it in a way that was both powerful and practical to use. As a lecturer and writer, Fraser directly influenced many photographers with the "Real World Adobe Photoshop" series (co-authored with David Blatner) and "Real World Color Management" (co-authored with Chris Murphy and Fred Bunting) books, and most recently "Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop CS2."
He lectured frequently and was a founding member of PixelGenius, LLC, where he designed the PhotoKit Expert Sharpener plug-in toolset and other PhotoKit products. Additionally, he was an associate editor at Macworld magazine and wrote the "Out of Gamut" column for CreativePro.com. In the field of photography he was a tireless advocate for use of the ProPhoto work space and 16-bit per channel capture and processing. He believed that photographers should be able to have the full resources a camera, software and printers are capable of producing.
"Bruce was a remarkable person," said photographer Greg Gorman. "He
was a very generous spirit. He just just opened his heart to me. He was
always kind, always there for me, and had a unique ability to make
things more clear for me than anyone else could. You could not ask for
a better teacher and he leaves a big hole that will never be filled."
"Bruce was absolutely instrumental in defining the color management UI (User Interface) and workflow
in Photoshop 6," stated Mark Hamburg, former Adobe Photoshop engineer
and current Adobe Lightroom engineering architect. "On a vast number of
issues on both Photoshop and Lightroom, Bruce was either my primary
source of advice or one of my primary sources. Bruce had a wonderful
balance between understanding the technical issues and understanding
the user perspective all wrapped up in a great sense of both humility
Friend and PixelGenius business partner Jeff Schewe affirms that
Fraser was never one to boast of his own accomplishments, and that "he worked tirelessly
behind the scenes with companies to ensure that technology was
implemented in a manner that real-world users could actually use."