Bob Linder is a native of Springfield, Missouri, were he attended Missouri State University. Like many photographers, Linder began his interest in still photography and filmmaking in his early teen years, followed by high school journalism.
Linder was a photojournalist for the Springfield Daily News, Leader-Press and News-Leader for 37 years. Working as staff photographer, chief photographer, photo editor, photography director for custom content and multi-media specialist, he received numerous awards from United Press International, The Associated Press, NPPA, Gannett Co. and the Missouri Press Association. He is a former faculty member of the Missouri Photojournalism Workshop.
Embracing the changing times, Linder specialized in reproducing color photography in print in the 1970s and ‘80s, set up the newspaper’s digital darkroom in the 1990s, introduced the company’s first digital cameras and placed the newspaper’s first video on the internet.
While enjoying all types of photography, Linder’s passion has always been photographing the people and places of the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks.