“When you get to the moon, find my lens cap!”



Update 11/17/16 – Norma passes. Obit at bottom.

Update 11/1/17 – Bob Passes. Obit at Bottom



I’ve worked with and assisted countless photographers over the decades. Many I have forgotten. Some I haven’t seen for 20 or 30 years, I can remember the faces, but not necessarily the names. One photographer I will never forget – Bob Bishop. But sadly he no longer remembers me.


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Bob Bishop
Bob in his home office.

When I first met Bob back in the ’80s he had come into the store looking for pricing in slide film. Not unusual, many photographers wanted to buy locally if they could. The problem was that it was almost impossible for me to match the pricing of films of the large New York retailers. As we talked I learned of his business and what he did.

Bob was a full time photographer making a living. This is unusual as many photographers are part time hobbyists, having another job outside of photography. Bob sold postcards. And lots of them.IMG_0362

Cases of postcards ready for delivery.

Lots and lots of postcards. Back in the 60s and thru the early 90s Bob had card stands in every tourist stop and recreational retailer in a 4 state area. At our Gene Taylors in Snowmass CO. we had a Bob Bishop postcard stand. Bob would show up a few times a month in the busy seasons and refill the card rack. There were hundreds of choices and thousands of cards,

Just one of the slide storage areas.

And they weren’t all just 4×6 sized either. He sold bigger versions up to an 8×10 and also a line of posters. And there was enough business in this over the years he could support his family in a comfortable fashion.


Old photographs trigger old memories!

Bob kept all of his slides at home in a organizational style some would call chaotic, but he knew where they were. The best sellers he kept in a different place.

Over the years we traded gear, sometimes I sold him stuff and sometimes he sold me stuff. He was a very good photographer and used many different tools to get the exact photo he wanted. But mainly he used 35mm film gear.


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Photo conference in Aspen – 1951.

One of the first successful Photo Conferences was help in Aspen. There is an amazing group photo of the instructors at this conference, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Minor White and more. Bob was there and took photos of these groundbreaking photographers. But I can’t show it. Its copywrited and has value for future uses. But please check out Bobs website.

From left, my wife Jenny, Bob Bishop, Bobs wife Norma, at his recent show at the Art Center in Grand Junction, Summer 2015.

Bob is 93 now and age is catching up. Dementia is upon him like a warm blanket settling over his shoulders. When he looks at me there is no recognition in his eyes. All of our history is erased to him. And even Norma doesn’t really know me. She is very nice and says she does. But I am gone to her also. He talked to my wife for a good hour at his recent show at the Art Center. He told her stories of visiting the moon and war stories and other things, mostly false memories. When he and I had a chance to visit, that is when he asked me in the nicest way, “When you get to the moon, find my lens cap!”   I miss you Bob. Have nice travels!


Norma Bishop


Norma Ann Bishop
February 22, 1932 – October 7, 2016
Norma Ann Bishop, of Grand Junction, died October 7, 2016, after a lengthy battle with pulmonary fibrosis and colon cancer. She was 84.
Norma was born February 22, 1932, to Rudolf “Rudy” and Rubye Steinacker in Kansas City, MO. Norma, the youngest of three, spent her childhood on a farm in Parkville, MO.
She graduated from Parkville High School where she played the saxophone in the band. Norma graduated from Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls in 1953, with a bachelor’s degree in education with a major in art and a minor in music.
Norma started her teaching career as an art teacher in West Des Moines, Iowa. She subsequently taught in New Mexico, Japan and the Denver Metro Area before retiring from Taylor Elementary in Palisade in 1997. Norma taught elementary students in Crownpoint, N.M. on the Navajo Reservation early in her career. She took a sabbatical to teach English for two years (1986-1988) at Shokei Women’s Junior College in Sendai, Japan. Norma taught many subjects and grade levels, but she especially enjoyed teaching second grade.
Norma married Robert “Bob” Carskaddan Bishop on November 30, 1958, in Parkville. Bob, a retired professional photographer, is known for his postcard photographs. They met in Denver when Bob made a print for her in his darkroom.
Norma, who was a lifelong learner, was involved in several organizations, including the Mesa County Retired Teachers Association (MCSPERA) and the Colorado School and Public Employees Retirement Association (CSPERA). She was also a member of the Grand Mesa Macintosh Users Group (GMMUG), Western Colorado Bonsai Society, High Desert Orchid Society and the Colorado Mountain Club.
Other memberships included the Colorado National Monument Association, The Art Center in Grand Junction, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, the Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
She enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, music, art, ceramics, basketry, stained glass, calligraphy, botanical illustration, archaeology and genealogy. Norma was proud of her Swiss heritage. In addition to the saxophone, she played the piano, flute and handbells. Her pets over the years, a rabbit, birds, dogs and a pony, brought joy to her life.
After moving to Grand Junction in 1969, Norma was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the First Congregational Church UCC.
During Norma’s retirement, she was a board member at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, N.M. She was a volunteer master gardener with the Colorado State University Extension Office in Mesa County. She traveled to Poland in 1998 where she briefly taught English. Other travels with her adventurous spirit included Ecuador and a number of countries in Asia and Europe. She was generous with her time as a volunteer.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Rudy Steinacker in 1967 and Rubye Lillian Whiteaker Steinacker in 1951; her sister, Marian Louise Fine in 2009; brother-in-law, Quentin Fine in 2012; brother-in-law, Leonard Stanford Pani in 2005; sister-in-law, Mary Bishop Pani in 1958; father-in-law, Jerome Bishop of Muscatine, Iowa in 1980, and mother-in-law, Marie Barry Brenizer also of Muscatine in 1991.
Norma is survived by her husband, Bob; daughter, Laura Bishop of Grand Junction; brother, Warren Ray Steinacker (Linda) of Glen Mills, PA; nieces, Elaine Scott (Sid), Cincy Borne (Hank), Sharon Steinacker, Eileen Fine, Sheryl Fine (John Lewis) and Marilyn Fine (Craig McCracken); nephews, Doug Stanford (Adriana), Jay Pani, John Pani (Carolyn Mervis) and Tom Pani (Suzanne), and a number of great nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611.
A memorial service will be held in Grand Junction in November. Burial was at Walnut Grove Cemetery November 3 in Parkville.
Arrangements were made by Meyers Funeral Chapel – Northland in Parkville and Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction.

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Robert Carskaddan Bishop

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Robert Carskaddan Bishop
February 12, 1921 – September 21, 2017
Robert “Bob” Carskaddan Bishop, a well-known landscape photographer, of Grand Junction, died September 21, 2017, at 96.
Bob was born February 12, 1921, to Jerome and Marie Bishop in Muscatine, Iowa. He graduated from Muscatine High School where he played the cornet in the band. He was the high school yearbook photographer and had his own darkroom where he learned to develop black and white photography.
Bob received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1943.
After college, Bob worked at Moffett Field in Northern California where he served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. His job duties included conducting wind tunnel research on the Bell P-39 Airacobra fighter airplane and aeronautical research on the B-25 Mitchell bomber.
Bob took art, design and architecture courses at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California in 1950 – 1951. His interest in photography led him to take workshops from Ansel Adams and Minor White in the 1950s.
Bob married Norma Ann Steinacker on November 30, 1958, in Parkville, MO. They met in Denver when Bob printed some photos for her.
One of Bob’s early assignments was to photograph the first U.S. photography conference in 1951 at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. A number of high-profile photographers in various photography disciplines attended.
Bob spent more than 60 years photographing landscapes throughout the West for commercial use. Most of his landscape views were in Colorado which he began marketing as color postcards in the late 1950s. His work focused on resort towns with tourists. His photos documented the history of a number of Colorado ski resorts.
In addition to his postcard business, Bob was a consultant to the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park during the 1980s. The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. sold his Snowmass Balloon Festival poster in the 1980s. His slide show “Short Haul to Yesterday” – photos of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad trip – was shown in the 1960s.
Bob was a member of the Postcard Distributors Association of North America. He won postcard of the year for several photos from the organization. He also won best action photo of the year from POWDER magazine. He had solo exhibits of his work in Grand Junction and Gunnison. A documentary about his career was recently completed.
Other memberships included the Colorado National Monument Association and Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction.
In addition to his photography, Bob, who had a sense of humor, enjoyed hiking, swimming, skiing, traveling, golfing, the outdoors, music and genealogy. He was proud of his Irish heritage. His pets over the years – a cat, birds, a rabbit and his dog, Skeena, brought joy to his life.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Norma in 2016; parents, Jerome Bishop in 1980 and Marie Barry Brenizer in 1991; younger sister, Mary Helen Bishop Pani in 1958; brother-in-law, Leonard Stanford Pani in 2005; father-in-law, Rudy Steinacker in 1967; mother-in-law, Rubye Steinacker in 1951; sister-in-law, Marian Fine in 2009, and brother-in-law, Quentin Fine in 2012.
Bob is survived by his daughter, Laura Bishop of Grand Junction; nephews, Doug Stanford (Adriana), Jay Pani, John Pani (Carolyn Mervis) and Tom Pani (Suzanne); brother-in-law, Warren Steinacker (Linda) of Glen Mills, PA; nieces, Elaine Scott (Sid), Cincy Borne (Hank), Sharon Steinacker, Eileen Fine, Sheryl Fine (John Lewis) and Marilyn Fine (Craig McCracken), and a number of cousins, great-nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Western Colorado Center for the Arts, today, October 21 at 3:00 p.m. Burial at Orchard Mesa Cemetery in Grand Junction. Arrangements made by Callahan-Edfast Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Alzheimer’s Association, 2232 N. 7th St., Grand Junction, CO 81501 or Western Colorado Center for the Arts, 1803 N. 7th St., Grand Junction, CO 81501; reference Robert Bishop in donation.




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