There is an emptiness in my soul without my friend Bruce in the world.
He was a dear friend who will be deeply missed by many.

-Stephen Johnson

Many of you may have heard by now that our good friend Bruce Fraser passed away Saturday afternoon December 16, 2006. Bruce was 52 years old and a native of Scotland. His short bout with lung cancer lasted mercifully a mere 4 months. He was with people he loved and passed gently, in his own home, in his own bed.

Bruce was a uniquely talented and kind person, who shared his time and knowledge with many over the years. He was not a genius or a saint, but a very real human being who cared deeply and tried to make a difference. His warmth and openness made him an extraordinary friend.

Bruce was a masterful bass player, a talented writer and dedicated researcher, an aspiring photographer, an eclipse chaser, and a devotee of the Dalai Lama.

He was a man capable of understanding complex interrelationships and sorting them out to make sense for others. He had to know the details, and was persistent in getting to the bottom of issues others were more than willing, sometimes even anxious, to gloss over. Perhaps more importantly, he was intensely curious. Those qualities were really the great value he brought to his books.

His publisher, Peachpit Press, lists nine books currently in print, most known among them Real World Photoshop (with David Blatner), Real World Color Management (with Chris Murphy and Fred Bunting), Real World Camera RAW and his most recent Real World Image Sharpening. He wrote scores of articles over the last decade and half for magazines such as MacWeek, MacUser, MacWorld, CreativePro and many others. He was honored for his work many times during his career, including an Apple Computer Award in 1997 for ColorSync Profiling Excellence, his 2005 induction into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and most recently a Photoshop Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bruce did not invent digital color management, nor make any tools to implement it, but many may have thought he did. His understanding of color management tools, lobbying for their improvement, and clarity of expression on the subject was renown. Among the many unique gifts he left us was his own colorspace, BruceRGB.

In 2002 he co-founded PixelGenius, a company dedicated to building intelligent automation into Photoshop. He consulted with the major players in the digital imaging world, worked with many museums, and taught countless seminars around the world.

He is survived by his lovely wife Angela, his stepson Alex, his parents Cameron and Janice, and many dear friends. There was a tribute to Bruce at the MacWorld show in San Francisco at the Moscone Center on January 10 from 6 to 8pm. Details are here. PDF of Tribute program

Bruce DVD

DVD of MacWorld Tribute to Bruce now available


All original material Copyright ©2008 by Bruce Fraser

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