Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year and Thank You

It's about 15 hours before 2011 arrives and I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year and I wanted to take a few minutes to say thank you to a few people.

First, I have to say thank you to my wife Amelia and daughter Elizabeth for helping make Fraction happen and for all of their love and support.  It's been an amazing year and they are a huge part of it all.

Second, a big thanks to the people listed here for their friendship and collaboration.

(In no specific order)

Crista Dix at Wallspace
Paula Griffin at The Griffin Museum
Laura Pressley and Jessica Taylor Fleigle at Center
Aline Smithson of Lenscratch
Amy Miller and Michael David Murphy at Atlanta Celebrates Photography
The Photo Department at SCAD and Rebecca Nolan
Jim Stone and Michele Evans of the UNM Photo Department
Michael Sebastian
Ellen Rennard
Isa Leshko
Sam Portera
Everyone at Photoeye
Stella Kramer and Jason Houston for making Fraction J happen
Everyone at PhotoNOLA
Kate Ware at the New Mexico Museum of Art
Ellen Wallenstein
Mary Virginia Swanson

Darius Himes and Radius Books

To the Fraction contributors

My pals at FiniteFoto (David Ondrik, Melanie McWhorter and Jonathan Blaustein)

A BIG THANK YOU to the 72 photographers who were featured in 2010.  Thank you for letting me show your amazing work.

And a BIGGER THANK YOU to all of the people who visit Fraction on a regular basis. Traffic to the site has grown substantially every month and has led to some great opportunities.

I have some big plans for 2011 and I hope you will continue to follow Fraction and enjoy it as much as I do.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lightwork Subscription Program

Light Work, 316 Waverly Avenue, Syracuse 13244
Contact: Jessica Reed

2011 Subscription Program

Light Work Announces 2011 Subscription Program
2011 Subscription Program
Great Art. Great Price. Great Cause. New Benefits.
Light Work is pleased to announce the 2011 Subscription Program, which is full of stunning prints, new and exciting subscription offers, and the award-winning publication, Contact Sheet. For decades, Contact Sheet has been the place where lovers of photography, from museum professionals to avid amateurs to collectors, have turned to see the latest work by important emerging and mid-career artists from around the world. The 2011 Subscription Program introduces expanded benefits and subscription levels.

This year, as part of the 2011 Subscription Program, Light Work celebrates the launch of the online digital archive of Contact Sheet. All subscribers have access to the archive, which can be viewed from computers and web-activated phones alike, and features over 150 issues of Contact Sheet and hundreds of artists. For the first time Light Work is offering a Digital Only subscription, giving subscribers access to the full digital archive of Contact Sheet without receiving printed copies of the publication. Light Work will also offer a limited free trial subscription that will include digital only access to the most recent issues of Contact Sheet.

In addition, all paid subscribers receive the Patron’s Card, which provides discounts at dozens of photography institutions and publications, including free or reduced admission to organizations such as the International Center of Photography in New York City; the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, CA; or the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.

The 2011 Print Collectors offer features signed, limited edition original photographs by a group of wonderful photographers, including a stunning Master Print Edition by renowned photographer Carrie Mae Weems, as well as Fine Print Program prints by Scott Conarroe, Yolanda del Amo, and Deana Lawson. These prints may be purchased individually (ranging in price from $300-$1000), or at the Benefactor Level ($1500) which gives the purchaser all four prints, plus a signed copy of the book Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies, and a complimentary subscription to Contact Sheet (including all subscriber benefits, as well as the special gift of receiving signed copies of each issue of Contact Sheet).

Subscribers who choose the Basic Plus subscription level receive a signed copy of the book Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies as well as five printed copies of Contact Sheet, full access to the digital archive, and the Patron’s Card. Light Work also offers the traditional Basic Subscription level, which includes five printed copies of Contact Sheet, full access to the digital archive, and the Patron’s Card.

Light Work announces the 2011 subscription program at the same time as the launch of the organization’s redesigned website, as well as the revamping of the Light Work Blog to include new features and giveaways. Make sure to visit for the most up-to-date information about what’s happening at Light Work and in the world of photography, and to buy your 2011 prints, books, and subscriptions in the online store. Follow us via Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and special offers.

Contact Sheet is designed and printed in the tradition of fine art photography monographs with beautifully reproduced color and duotone photographs. It is completely commercial free. Light Work publishes five issues of Contact Sheet per year. Four of the issues are single-artist catalogues featuring work that is exhibited in our main gallery. The fifth issue is The Light Work Annual, which showcases imagery by artists in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Light Work is a non-profit, artist-run organization dedicated to the support of artists working in photography and electronic media. Light Work is a member of CMAC, the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers at Syracuse University. 

For more information, please contact Jessica Reed at Light Work, 315-443-1300 or

David Taylor at PhotoLA

David Taylor (Fraction issue 16) will talking about his book "Working the Line" at the PhotoLA fair on Sunday, January 16 at 3pm at Doubletree Hotel in Santa Monica CA

David's work is fantastic and his talks are entertaining and informative.  I highly recommend it.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Fraction on Facebook

A couple of years ago, when I set up Fraction on Facebook, I did not set it up as a fan page.  This was a mistake, which I have now corrected.

The current Fraction page has over 4600 friends which I now need to try to turn into fans.

So if you have a moment,  please visit the new Fraction fan page on Facebook and please invite your friends as well.

Thanks and Happy Holidays

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays

On the eve of the eve of Christmas, I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

This has been an amazing year for Fraction.  Thank you for making Fraction a success.

2011 is going to be even better.

Friday, December 17, 2010


I met Kevin Miyazaki in June 2009 at Review Santa Fe.  He's a really nice guy whose work I featured in Fraction issue 8.  I'm a big fan of his generous efforts with the awesome Collect.Give

So when Kevin asked me if I would judge a contest for one of his classes, MIAD-FA382, I said yes immediately  (be sure to check out their blog too).

I have to say that I think there is a lot of good work coming from the class.  And like all undergrad classes, there is still work to be done and things to be learned.  They are all well on their way to good things.

But the three projects that really stood out for me are:

Congrats to the three winners.  Please take a bit of time and check out all of the work in the class.
It's well worth the time

In good company

A couple of days ago, Bryan Formhals of the blog La Pura Vida announced his Top 15 Photography Websites of 2010 and Fraction was included.

Bryan commented "...Fraction has an adaptability that’s admirable.  They launched in March of 2008 and since then have evolved from a flash based presentation to a more minimal and appealing design that’s run on Indexhibit.  Over the course of the year they’ve also jumped into the Flickr mix and introduced Fraction J, a venue dedicated to photojournalism and documentary photography.  I suspect we’ll continue to see interesting programs and features develop in 2011."

The other sites include Jen Bekman's Hey Hot Shot, Wired Magazine's RAW blog, Luceo Images, The New York Times Lens Blog, Blake Andrews' blog, Heidi Romano's Unless You Will, Daylight Magazine, The New Yorker's PhotoBooth, Ahorn Magazine, 1000 Words Magazine, Pictory, Flickr, Tumblr, and Urbanautica.

I've always respected Bryan's work as a writer and a photographer.  He honestly speaks his mind and often pushes the envelope of thought.

Thank you Bryan for including Fraction in such good company.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Moments of Being

First, let me say thank you to Crista Dix for the opportunity and to her staff for their hard work and patience.
Second, thank you to all of the photographers who entered.  The task of selecting the best work that fit my vision was incredibly difficult.  There was so much great work.

Please join me at the show in Santa Barbara.  If you can't, the show will be on the Fraction site shortly.

I am proud of this show.  I think you will enjoy it.

Happy Holidays,
david bram


From the Wallspace Gallery blog:

We are thrilled to announce New Directions 2011, Moments of Being at wall space. Curated by the creative and talented David Bram, creator and publisher of Fraction Magazine Moments of Being is the visual connection, the emotional relationship between photographer and subject.

David's job was extremely difficult, paring down to 38 images from over 1400. All the images submitted presented a challenge, defining that moment, looking for that emotional bond captured through the lens.
We can't wait for you to see the show. Join us in Santa Barbara in January, or Seattle in February. We are looking at additional venues as the year progresses, so stay tuned.

ND11 | Moments of Being

January 4th - 29th, 2011  |   wall space gallery Santa Barbara, California

Reception with David Bram January 12th, 6 to 8pm.

February 3rd - 26th, 2011  |  wall space gallery @ Angle Gallery, Tashiro Kaplan Building Seattle, Washington

First Thursday ArtWalk Opening February 3rd, 6 to 8pm.

Introducing this year's artists featured in Moments of Being (in alphabetical order)
  • Leon Alesi
  • Steven Alverez
  • Steven Beckly
  • Jonathan Blaustein
  • Nan Brown
  • Liz Clayman
  • Daniel Coburn
  • Andy Cook
  • Kristen Fecker
  • Jon Feinstein
  • Elizabeth Fleming
  • Martha Fleming Ives
  • Alan Gastelum
  • Flavie Guerrand
  • Max Hirshfeld
  • Ann Conway Jennings
  • Eddie Lanieri
  • Ash LaRose
  • Winky Lewis
  • Elizabeth Clark Libert
  • Holly Lynton
  • Coco Martin
  • Meridith Miller
  • Heather Musto
  • Russ Osterweil
  • Kate Pollard
  • Shawn Robinson
  • Haley Jane Samuelson
  • Michael Sebastian
  • Larysa Sendich
  • Katie Shapiro
  • Meera Margaret Singh
  • Tabitha Soren
  • Agnieszka Sosnowska
  • Amber Terranova
  • Chikara Umihara
  • Vikky Wilkes
  • Antonio Ysursa

we look forward to seeing you at the gallery in January.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Lori Vrba at PhotoNOLA

I had the pleasure of meeting Lori back in March at Fotofest in Houston and I've been a fan of the work and the person ever since, so I was very happy to see her again at PhotoNOLA last week.

Lori was at PhotoNOLA showing off some new work from a project called "Piano Farm" and getting her new work reviewed.  Somehow she arranged for and produced a show of beautifully toned black&white silver gelatin prints in someone's house in the Treme section of New Orleans.

Upon arriving at the house with a truck load of reviewers  (you know who you are), driven by Sam Portera, none of us were positive about where we were at, nor should we be there.

Once inside, we found one of the best shows going on in New Orleans.  I'm not sure I've ever been to a photography show before where the surroundings were so perfect.  The house that, well, housed the show was in the middle of restoration with loads of exposed walls and ceilings and a slightly creepy feeling.  Had I been in the house alone, with the dim lighting, creaky floors and somewhat haunting photographs, I'd probably be a bit on edge.  It was kind of like a haunted New Orleans house. In the space, the photographs really fit the environment.  I loved it.

If I heard her correctly, Lori set the show up in a day or so.  With the help of one of her gallerists, Jennifer Schwartz, and a friend whose name I do not recall, they built frames and set up all the lighting, which had to be brought in just for the show.  Also, I believe, the show was only up for one night.  I should add, the show was very well attended and at times felt down right crowded.

Lori's work is beautiful and well crafted.  Some of her influences are apparent but her voice is clearly heard (or seen) in the work.  She is an excellent silver gelatin printer as these are some of the best I've seen in a long time.  Also, seeing beautifully handcrafted prints is refreshing at an event (PhotoNOLA) where digital is king.

Take a few minutes to check out her on her website.  I think you will really enjoy it.

Pics by Sam Portera (more to come as soon as Sam sends them)

Last Minute Gift Guide

As time ticks away on this holiday season, I thought I would put some ideas in your head for a few really great photo-related gifts.

- Subscribe to the Fraction Magazine email newsletter - it comes out twice a month and it's free !

- Subscribe to Orion Magazine - "America's Best Environmental Magazine" - for only $19.00 -

- Become a member of Center and support an organization that supports contemporary photography - memberships start at $35.00 - There are also prints available on the Fraction Holiday Print Sale page (go to the bottom)

- Buy a print from the Fraction Holiday Print Sale - 60 photographs to choose from and prices range from $35.00 to $100.00 -

- Think Tank Photo makes a terrific line of camera bags and storage products - I recommend the Retrospective 10 - (use this link and get free stuff)

- Get the new David Taylor book "Working The Line" by Radius Books.  David was featured in Fraction Issue #16 A gorgeous book that you need to have.

- Aperture has just released two books that I think you really should buy.  William Christenberry's  "Kodachromes" is gorgeous as is the oversized "Destroy This Memory" by Richard Misrach.  Both should be a part of your photo book library.

I'll add a few more things later on.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The 16th Annual CENTER Awards

The countdown has begun.

The 16th annual CENTER Awards provide contestants with a prestigious and worthwhile photographic awards program. The prize packages are designed to bring exposure to worthy photographers via exhibitions, publication, and career advancement.

Often judges will show interest in work that is not selected for the awards but that may be relevant for other purposes. To facilitate a relationship, CENTER provides contact information of all photographers who have advanced to the final rounds of judging. No work is eliminated by pre-screening. All contestants stand to benefit from the submission process by having their work seen by the judges.

Enter Center Awards & Review Santa Fe 2011.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Photo LA

Press Contact: Jeannine Schechter Jacobi 310.857.6994

photo l.a. XX | artLA projects 
LA’s Longest Running Art Fair Joins artLA projects 
Thursday, January 13, 2011 through Monday, January 17, 2011

Opening Reception benefits the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at LACMA

In recent years, Los Angeles has experienced a rapid growth of contemporary art galleries along with an expansion of local museum programs highlighting emerging art making it a required destination for curators and collectors. As a marketplace for the Arts, it now rivals New York City. Glenn Lowry, Director of MoMA, recently said in the WSJ, “The art world is a very fluid place, but there is no question that L.A. is very hot at the moment.”

photo l.a.XX, celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary, is the longest running art fair west of New York and is the largest photo-based art fair in the country with over 10,000 attendees. It brings together photography dealers from around the globe, displaying the finest contemporary photography, video and multi-media installations along with masterworks from the 19th century. This is the 48th art fair produced by Stephen Cohen, Director of photo l.a. XX including artLA, photo san francisco, photo MIAMI, photo santa fe, photo NY and the first vernacular photography fair in NYC.

artLA was created in 2004 as a public event bringing together a mix of national and international galleries, artists, collectors and curators for a visual dialogue on the current art scene. Its ongoing commitment to presenting the most challenging art being produced today, has led to the creation of artLA projects, an ongoing citywide program of dynamic and innovative installations, exhibitions, seminars and conversations with established and cutting-edge artists in all media.

photo l.a. XX + artLA projects, returns to the historic Santa Monica Civic with an added 7,000 square foot tented canopy entry. This grand entrance provides space for sculpture, installations, book signings and seating. Attendees will enjoy an expansive lobby that includes a Phaidon bookstore, seating area, café, coffee bar and cupcake corner. There is new VIP balcony lounge and video viewing area.

The launch of artLA projects is a prelude to a much larger artLA 2011 that will align with the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Forum, a new art fair in the fall of 2011 created by the team that produces the Armory Show, Art Chicago, Next, Art Toronto and Volta.    As the City heads into the Pacific Standard Time era this fall, Los Angeles is the place to be and artLA 2011 will be the satellite fair of new and emerging art that will parallel the energy and excitement of the newest art fair coming to Los Angeles

photo l.a. XX is proud to host the benefit preview reception for the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at LACMA on the evening of January 13th from 6 - 9pm. Programming includes off site events, collecting seminars, a panel discussion, Troubled Waters, on photography’s impact on environmental issues and The La Brea Matrix Project, in addition to lectures by Uta Barth, Lyle Ashton Harris, Michael Light, Andrew Moore, and David Taylor among others.

photo l.a. XX and artLA projects is pleased to announce that The New York Times and Angeleno are our media sponsors and our media partners include: artnow-online, ArtFacts.Net,    Arte    al    Limite, Art    Log, Latin    Art,    ArtNexus, Spraygraphic, Unique    & Rare, Fraction    Magazine, TASJ, Blindspot, Aperture, .it'sliquid, LA    Canvas, White    Hot, Art Ltd., Art Nexus, Dear Dave, Flak Photo and Gawker Artists.    Special projects include: The Family, Reform School and Machine Projects. Our event production partners include Create:Fixate and The Equation. Street art and out door projections by Dawn of Man.

Telephone: 323.937.5525 | Fax: 323.937.5523
General Information: |
Stephen Cohen, Director & Owner: |
Simmy Swinder, Fair Manager: |
Emily Sills, Administrator: |
Angie Smith, Advertising & Media Partnerships: |
Wayne Fernandez, Sponsorship: |
Liz Cvitan, Web Marketing: |
Jeannine Schechter Jacobi, Press:

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

advertising on Fraction

If you are interested in advertising in the December 15 or January 1 email blast, please get in touch with me by December 13.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Issue 21

Issue 21 is now available for viewing.

This issue features:
Beth Yarnelle Edwards
Jeff Rich
Kathleen Robbins
Susan Worsham
Tom M Johnson
Warren Harold

and has book reviews by Daniel W Coburn and Ellen Wallenstein.

Check it out