Fraction of a Second

June 5 – August 8, 2015
Fraction of a Second

A multi-site exhibition at 516 ARTS & UNM Art Museum
for PhotoSummer 2015

Opening Reception at UNM Art Museum: Friday, June 5, 6-8pm
Members’ Preview 5-6pm

Opening Reception at 516 ARTS: Saturday, June 6, 6-8pm
Rita Koehler Artist Talk: 4pm • Curator Talk: 5pm

Curated by David Bram, editor and publisher of the online Fraction Magazine,  this multi-site exhibition brings together 45 diverse contemporary photographers, both established and emerging, with 35 artists from across the United States featured at 516 ARTS and 10 international artists featured at UNM Art Museum (from China, France, Japan, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway and the UK). This exhibition is the center of a new season-long photography collaboration called PhotoSummer in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Opening events for Fraction of a Second take place during the Albuquerque weekend of PhotoSummer (June 5 & 6).

Fraction Magazine began as a way to broaden exposure for under-recognized work. Since it was launched seven years ago, it has featured portfolios of more than 300 international photographers worldwide. Despite the accessibility and wide reach of an online venue, nothing replaces the experience of seeing a beautiful image printed and up close. The object is supreme.

The exhibition catalog for Fraction of a Second is published by Radius Books, and includes essays by Michele Penhall and James Elkins. Penhall says, “With a keen and perceptive sense of what makes a good picture, each month Bram presents a handful of engaging and original portfolios by young and/or emerging artists whose work, in almost all instances, has never before been published or seen online. And he does this one image at a time. …In addition to the contemporary work Bram presents, he has featured work by a number of established and renowned photographers…This nod to both photography’s history and canon provides balance to the very au courant nature of publishing visual work online, as it also no doubt introduces many young and/ or foreign photographers to some of the discipline’s significant artists and iconic images.”

at 516 ARTS
Regional & National Artists
at UNM Art Museum
International Artists

Leon Alesi (North Carolina) Holly Lynton (Massachusetts) Alex Catt (UK)
Liz Arenberg (New York) Sara Macel (New York) Ellie Davies (UK)
Thomas Barrow (New Mexico) Rania Matar (Massachusetts) Regis Feugere (France)
Clare Benson (Michigan) Sarah Moore (Montana) Paul Gaffney (Ireland)
Jonathan Blaustein (New Mexico) Bruce Myren (Massachusetts) Sachiko Kawanabe (Japan)
Aaron Blum (Pennsylvania) David Ondrik (Oregon) Ingvild Melberg Eikeland (Norway)
Daniel Coburn (Kansas) Edward Ranny (New Mexico) Yvette Monahan (Ireland)
Matthew Conboy (Pennsylvania) Kathleen Robbins (North Carolina) Paulo Patrizi (Italy)
Matthew Crowther (Illinois) Bastienne Schmidt (New York) Jiehao Su (China)
Jess Dugan (Illinois) Nick Shepard (Oregon) Hiko Uemara (Netherlands)
Kirk Gittings (New Mexico) Lara Shipley (Missouri)
Alice Hargrave (Illinois) Charlie Simokaitis (Illinois)
Rita Koehler (Indiana) Kurt Simonson (California)
Karen Kuehn (New Mexico) Tabitha Soren (California)
Galina Kurlat (Texas) Cheryle St Onge (New Hampshire)
Nate Larson (Maryland) & Jim Stone (New Mexico)
Marni Schindelman (Georgia) Joel Peter Witkin (New Mexico)
Isa Leshko (Massachusetts)

Main Image:
Paolo Patrizi; Starlings #21 (detail), archival inkjet print, 2009


PhotoSummer is a collaborative initiative that strives to represent and actively promote historical and contemporary photography in New Mexico. Each summer UNM Art Museum will partner with other organizations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and throughout the state in order to highlight the very best of photographic practice and scholarship.

PhotoSummer 2015 features exhibitions and public programs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, focusing on contemporary photography that spans regional, national and international artists, curators and scholars. Fraction of a Second, a multi-site exhibition at 516 ARTS and UNM Art Museum curated by David Bram, is PhotoSummer’s inaugural exhibition. The partners for PhotoSummer 2015 include UNM Art Museum, 516 ARTS, Richard Levy Gallery, SCA Contemporary Art and Central Features in Albuquerque and CENTER and Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. A program guide will be published to all of the events, talks and workshops, which will be available soon online and in print. Read on for a taste of what’s to come and mark your calendar