Norman B. Colp earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art from Queens College (Flushing, New York) in 1967. He also studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and at Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Norman B. Colp was curator at the Alternative Center for International Arts, in New York City from October 1979 to March 1980. He was a gallery assistant for the Greengrass Media Art Gallery in New York City in 1975-76 and for The Once Gallery in New York City from 1974 to 1975. In 1973 Colp served as curatorial assistant and exhibit coordinator for the Queens Museum in Flushing.
His photography deals with "the compression of time and documents that which we usually see daily but never take the opportunity to observe." Using black-and-white, color, and hand-coloring, he used several display formats - small-scale flipbooks, wall-mounted portfolio books, and casebound books.