Robert C. Bishop is one of the pre-eminent western landscape photographers in the United States working in the postcard industry. I’ve developed a film to draw more attention to the work of Robert C. Bishop, but now I am seeking support to follow up the project with a goal of longer film, exhibition and book.

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Wish You Were Here – The Robert C. Bishop Story

Robert C. Bishop is one of the pre-eminent western landscape photographers in the United States working in the postcard industry. Bishop began photographing in his teens, and professionally about 1950. His work and career is the central focus of my story, Wish You Were Here. I am a photographer/photo historian based in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho (after 27 years in LA). I have curated over 80 exhibitions nationally and internationally, authored over 350 articles, contributed to or authored fifity books, and have been researching and interviewing Robert (“Bob”) Bishop for four years to get to this point in my venture.

I’ve developed a film to draw more attention to the work of Robert C. Bishop, but now I am seeking support to follow up the project with a goal of longer film, exhibition and book. I am striving to raise $3,000 with this campaign to complete funding for the hard costs of the project, which will go towards making high-quality scans of his work, cleaning and transferring a film that he made, distributing the 15-20 minute documentary short to film festivals, universities and museums.

BACKGROUND

In the mid-1950s, Robert C. Bishop began his own postcard business in Denver, Colorado, and then relocated to Grand Junction from where he could easily travel to Aspen, the Four Corners region and throughout Colorado. During his career he made thousands of images into tens of thousands of postcards. If you bought a postcard in Colorado anytime between 1960 and 2010, there is a good chance it was one of his views. He retired in 2005, and turned 94 in February 2015.

Please visit https://robertcbishop.com/ to see more images from Bishop’s career and to learn more information about his biography.

THE TEAM

Jack Lucido, director of the Wish You Were Here film project, is an Emmy nominated, Associate Professor of Communication Arts at Western State Colorado University. He teaches film studies courses in documentary and narrative production, cinema studies, and screenwriting.

Contributors to the film include Eric Paddock, Curator of Photography at the Denver Art Museum, and individuals with whom Bishop worked throughout his career.

All the principals and talent are donating their time. The film will be used for bringing more attention to the work of Robert C. Bishop, with a goal of longer film, exhibition and book.

I hope you will consider donating to my campaign, any and all support will help immensely. If you are unable to give, sharing Bishop’s story and my endeavor to capture its importance would be much appreciated as well. To see more of what my efforts are about with Bob Bishop’s postcards and others, please check out https://artgoespostal.com/from/mark-johnstone. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my film, photography, and current campaign.

Your contributions mean a great deal.

Sincerely,

Mark Johnstone

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