Bob Bradshaw was an early photographer who lived in Sedona and photographed all over Arizona. He documented the stunning landscapes and wide open ranges of the early southwest. While working with the movie industry, he was able to capture scenes from some of the movies that were made in the Sedona area.
Bob Bradshaw arrived in Sedona in 1949. He opened the first Kodak film store in town and built a horse corral behind it. The Bradshaw family offered tours, on horseback, of the beautiful, red rocks of Sedona. When Hollywood came to Sedona to shoot westerns, Bob became a location scout, a stunt man and an actor.
He worked on numerous movies, television shows and commercials. In 1960, Bob bought 140 acre ranch for $200 an acre. Many movies filmed on the Bradshaw ranch and a set with several building was assembled there. The set was eventually burned in 1986 for the filming of a Wells Fargo commercial.
Bob Bradshaw was a major, photographic contributor to Arizona Highways magazine from the 1950s through the 1980s. His images show the diversity and beauty of Arizona, as well as documenting the history of the area.
Bob Bradshaw passed away on August 8th, 2008. Before his passing he created a biography of his life, called The Sedona Man, The Life and Adventures of Arizona Cowboy Bob Bradshaw and a series of coffee table photo books, including The Bradshaw Movie Collection. The Bradshaw family continues to make his priceless images available through Sedona Olde Time Photos & Sedona Photo in uptown Sedona.