This year’s EBONY Power 100 gala was truly a night to remember, with famed photographer Robert Ector capturing the true essence of Black excellence as host of the Nationwide Portrait Studio.
This year's EBONY Power 100 gala was truly a night to remember, with famed photographer Robert Ector capturing the true essence of Black excellence as host of the Nationwide Portrait Studio.
Cleveland, Ohio native, Robert Ector has earned the respect of international audiences as well as his industry peers. Capturing the images of entertainers and influencers, including Steve Harvey, Salma Hayek, and Lady Gaga, has helped quickly cement him as a recognizable talent in the entertainment industry.
Ector’s love affair with the arts started at the tender age of two, recalling memories of extraordinary weekend painting excursions with his grandfather. These times heavily influenced and contributed to his innate appreciation of limitless beauty. A creative youth, Robert used his allowance to purchase disposable cameras and orchestrated photo shoots with members of his large family, ultimately turning these photos into elaborate albums that fascinated his classmates.
In addition to coveted, hands-on, internships with highly renowned photographers, Ector’s vast educational experience started at Benedict College and ended at The Art Institute of Atlanta where he studied Photography.
Having spent extensive time abroad in London, Paris and Italy photographing runway shows for designers such as DOLCE AND GABBANA, VERSACE, and FENDI, Ector contributes the fast-paced and often grueling world of international fashion to the honing of his photography skills.
Bridging his dexterous understanding of studio photography with his love of bold and provocative street style is what defines his artistry.
Robert’s gift lies in his ability to transform his subjects and by putting the most solitary of items together to create a cohesive and visionary masterpiece. Eclectic elements of glamour and luxury, deep-rooted in the lighting design, brands Ector as a signature artist. This distinction in taste and observation of detail has landed his work in multiple national and international magazines and print campaigns for VOGUE JAPAN, VARIETY, and NBC Universal.
Ector insists, "There are no rules to photography," instead focusing on the qualities that each unique individual brings. He believes that those disposable cameras used in his early days helped him to understand that regardless of the camera or the lens, beauty manifests in the subject’s sheer presence and willingness to show up as themselves.
Check out Ector’s brilliant work from the EBONY Power 100 Gala above!