After graduating from the Memphis College of Art, Ebet Roberts moved from her native Memphis to New York City to pursue her painting career but gravitated to photography in 1977, when she began documenting the evolving CBGB’s club scene. Since that time she has accumulated a vast archive, as well as earned the respect of her peers by capturing the essence of the artists she photographs. Roberts’ photography has been reproduced on album, cd and book covers, and has appeared in numerous film and televison specials. It has also been used in promotional photographs, posters, and ads for such rock, jazz, and classical musicians as: Bob Marley, Neil Young, Ravi Shankar, Phillip Glass, Bob Dylan, REM, The Cure, The Pretenders, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis and Talking Heads.
Her photographs have been extensively published worldwide, appearing in periodicals as diverse as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, GQ, and People Magazine. Her work can be seen in a multitude of photogprahy collections, notably The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock ‘n Roll and Rock and Roll at 50 by Life Books. Additionally, her work is featured prominently in CBGB’S: 30 Years of Photographs, Punk 365, Blank Generation Revisited and Farm Aid:A Song for America. Ms. Roberts’ work is in the permanent collection of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, Seattle’s Experience Music Project, the Hard Rock Cafe and has been exhibited in many galleries and museums including the National Auditorium in Mexico City.