As a kid growing up in Montreal, Rob Howard was a big dreamer, perpetually creating stories in his head of all the wonderfully exotic places he wanted to see and explore. From the age of three, he kept a packed suitcase by his bed, just in case.
For his fifth birthday, his mom gave him a copy of Maurice Sendak’s book, “Where The Wild Things Are”, which stoked his passion for adventure even more. Like Max, he longed to sail to uninhabited islands, and everywhere else in between.
By the age of fifteen, he and his best friend, Lorenzo, were hitchhiking all around Europe, sleeping in parks, on trains, on roofs, and on scores of beaches, taking it all in. Rob spent countless hot summer afternoons haunting the halls of the Uffizi gallery in Florence, studying the great masters of the Renaissance. It was here, while enjoying a dark chocolate gelato, that Rob experienced the intense epiphany that light, and all things light, would become the foundation for everything in his life from that day forward.
He became an obsessed student of light, and how it transforms everything. It was a revelatory moment, and he began snapping everything in his restless wake with his camera, telling extraordinary stories through his pictures, and transforming his early dreams into reality.
Using his camera as a passport to the world, he’s found himself in all kinds of dazzling situations, from living with the Dalai Lama for three weeks in Dharmsala, India; to being in the middle of a gun battle between the FARC and the military in Columbia. He’s even found himself in jail in Tibet, twice.
Early in Rob’s career, he began a creative collaboration with Oprah Winfrey, which has allowed him to meet and photograph legions of people that she happens to find interesting, from Jay Z and Tina Fey, to Bill Clinton and the Obamas.
Rob has been able to explore the planet with his camera as a regular contributor for such publications as Outside, Men’s Journal, Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, and National Geographic in all 50 states and over 140 countries.
He’s also been given the opportunity to tell the stories of distinguished brands like Nationwide, Chase, MetLife, CVS, Bank Of America, Pfizer, AT&T, GE, Siemens, PNC Bank, Heineken, Facebook, Bose, Humana, Merck, Pfizer, Motorola, Citizens Bank, and Verizon.
Rob loves to return home after each adventure for a hot supper and a cuddle with his two Maine Coon cats, and his amazing wife, Lisa, the girl of his dreams.