Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Victor's original goal was to become an Electronics Engineer. But after being taken under the wing and mentored at an early age by the nationally known photographer, John Tweedle, the first African-American on staff at the Former Chicago Daily News, Victor’s life and vocation was forever changed. He was literally taught “at the feet of the master” by Mr. Tweedle and was able to obtain an education that money could never buy. By the time Victor was 21 years old, he was the owner of his own studio, Powell Studio-specializing in portraits, PR and event photography. Besides his mentorship/tutelage under John Tweedle, he is basically a self-taught photographer and businessman.