For decades, Robert Bishop shot and sold postcards of ski areas and resort towns on the Western Slope and throughout the Rocky Mountains. Ever stood at a store counter and taken a minute to check out a picturesque postcard scene of the Maroon Bells or Durango? That was likely one of his.
Mark Johnstone, a documentary filmmaker and photo historian, tells Colorado Matters about a short film he co-directed about Bishop called “Wish You Were Here.” According to the documentary’s notes on Bishop's website, he got his start in photography after serving in the Navy during World War II. He also photographed the first photography conference held in the United States, which was in 1951 at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen.
The Aspen Times said the posh resort town was Bishop’s “bread-and-butter” market. His obituary went on to say that Bishop “had a knack for using his patience and knowledge to be in the right place at the right time — capturing the right light and getting the right angle for his shots.”