Ebet Roberts moved from her native Memphis to New York City to paint but switched to photography in 1977 when she began began documenting the evolving CBGB scene. Since then she has consistently documented musicians. Capturing the essence of the artists she photographs, while accumulating a vast archive and respect from her peers.
Her work has been syndicated and exhibited worldwide and is included in many television specials, music anthologies, posters, advertisements, galleries, and private collections, as well as permanent collections for such rock, jazz, and classical musicians as: Bob Marley, Neil Young, Ravi Shankar, Phillip Glass, Bob Dylan, R.E.M., The Ramones, The Cure, The Pretenders, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Talking Heads, The Clash and Bon Jovi.
Her photographs are reproduced in innumerable publications including Rolling Stone, MOJO, Spin, GQ, Playboy, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, People, USA Today, and The Village Voice. They are also featured prominently in "Blank Generation Revisited", "This Ain't No Disco: The Story of CBGB" and "Frozen Fire: The Story of the Cars", "CBGB'S: 30 Years of Photographs", "Punk 365", "Farm Aid: A Song for America" and "The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock", and have been included in "Rock Stars" by Timothy White, "Written in My Soul" by Bill Flanagan, "The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock'N Roll" by Anthony deCurtis and James Henke, "Empty Places" by Laurie Anderson, "Rock and Roll at 50" by Life Books, and "Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1955-Present" by Gail Buckland. Her photographs have also been widely exhibited and are in the permanent collection of The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, Seattle's Experience Music Project, The Grammy Museum, and The Hard Rock Cafe.
It was a different world, virtually no security, everyone was friendly and compliant. I developed an interesting, eclectic portfolio of pictures – the famous and the anonymous – which evolved into a small but comprehensive view of late sixties London.