Fraction Magazine is an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary photography and brings together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe. Fraction is published on a monthly basis, and has shown portfolios from more than 300 photographers.
The concept of Fraction was born in 2007 on Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first issue went live in May 2008, and featured four New Mexican artists. Without any advertising and just an announcement through social media, the Fraction website got thousands of hits. Within days, the issue was viewed by people in 11 countries. The second issue went live July 2008, and the audience and the traffic continued to grow. With that growth came a widening of the scope of the magazine to include artists from outside the region and then outside the United States.
Fraction Magazine began as a way to showcase photography that deserved to be seen and perhaps was not getting exposure, and that impulse still guides the selection of every photographer featured. Fraction challenges viewers to look beyond the single image and explore each photographer’s vision and story by viewing full portfolios of photographs.
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
David Bram is the editor, co-founder, and curator of Fraction Magazine. David has reviewed portfolios at over 25 national and international events including Review Santa Fe, Fotofest, PhotoLucida, PhotoNOLA, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Medium, Filter and the Mount Rokko Photo Festival in Kobè, Japan. He was a juror for Review Santa Fe in 2010 as well as a frequent juror for Critical Mass. He was a reviewer at Fotofest Moscow in August 2011 and a curator at the Lishui Photography Festival in China in November 2011. In September 2010, David was the recipient of the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award. In 2015, David curated Fraction of a Second, a group exhibition of 45 Fraction photographers for the University of New Mexico Art Museum and 516 Arts.
David was also the co-creator of Flash Powder Projects, which hosted invite-only retreats for photographers and worked collaboratively with artists to publish photobooks.
from the editor. . .
I have the best job in the world. I am a curator of photography whose only limiting framework is my own taste and photographic eye. The viewers are my stakeholders, and I can curate from the collection of rich talent I meet at photography events and discover online. The issues of Fraction I have created have culminated in a rich archive of photography that represents what I feel is current and important in the medium. - David Bram
Assistant Editor and Web Queen
Bree Lamb is a photographer and educator based in New Mexico. She is Assistant Editor to David and website tech support.
Leo Hsu is a photographer and educator in Pittsburgh. He is also an independent curator and a former news photographer who holds a PhD in anthropology from New York University.
Jonathan Blaustein, Susan Burnstine, Daniel W Coburn, Mary Goodwin, Jason Houston, Stella Kramer, Larissa Leclair, Tom Leininger, Melanie McWhorter, Michele Penhall, Ellen Rennard, Ellen Wallenstein, Kate Ware
Since its beginning in 2008, Fraction Magazine has been devoted to providing photographers with a platform to gain exposure and recognition for their work. In January 2012, Fraction extended this mission by allowing featured photographers to sell work and to attract new collectors through its monthly print sale, Fraction Editions. Ten percent of each sale from Fraction Editions goes into the Fraction Acquisition Fund, which is then earmarked for the purchase of photographs to be donated to select museums.
For its first donation, Fraction purchased 11 photographs to gift to the University of New Mexico Art Museum. Seven of the images are prints by Cheryle St. Onge, and four are unique tintypes by S. Gayle Stevens. Michele Penhall, Curator of Prints and Photographs at the museum said “…these new additions to our collection help support our pedagogical mission to educate through art and also provide to our students and the greater community exciting examples of contemporary work from emerging artists.”
The University of New Mexico Art Museum was founded in 1963 and has the largest fine art collection in the state. The University Art Museum is the only state institution to regularly exhibit world-class art from outside the region. Fraction Magazine is honored to both contribute to the museum’s permanent collection and to advance the careers of these artists by adding their work to this important collection.
In a statement about this first gift, David Bram remarked, “I wanted to find a way to give back to the Fraction artists and to provide an opportunity for photographs to move from the virtual wall to the museum wall so that the qualities inherent in the original works can be appreciated in person. I am happy to be able to purchase work directly from these talented artists and see them become part of an important museum collection.”
Please consider supporting emerging photographers and purchasing original art through Fraction Editions.
a bit more. . .
Fraction was founded in March 2008 by David Bram and Joshua Spees. The Fraction logo was created by Janice Davidson. In the Spring of 2014, Fraction was redesigned and moved to Squarespace by Bree Lamb. Click here to read about the Fraction team. Read what some of the Fraction artists have to say about being featured.
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