Al Urban
The word "meticulous" is often used to describe both Al Urban the man and his art. One of the greatest technicians of early male photography, Urban produced images so crisp that one can count the hairs under the model's arm—so well lit that the deepest shadows are alive with sensuous detail. Yet, as with most great talents, his gift was also his curse. His meticulous nature so limited his studio work that models and publishers lost patience and colleagues remarked at how few images he produced from each sitting. Yet Urban was recognized as a master, and from the 1930s through the '50s, he was a commercial photographer for New York's finest stores and was a celebrated contributor to the physique magazines. The May 1941 issue of Strength & Health notes that he had been a weightlifter himself who, "started photography as a hobby when he noticed that many barbell men were not getting the photographs their physiques merited. After much trail and error he evolved a technique that carried him to fame as a portrayer of the masculine physique at its best." See further Collector's Notes below. You may also visit other sites, read book reviews and purchase books from our Links & Books page.

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"John Farbotnik - Rodin's Adam"
Mr. Chicago 1946
Mr. America & Mr. World 1950
Al Urban
Circa 1947, $2500
7½x9½" borderless
black & white glossy
"Fred DeGroot
- Master with Slave"

circa 1930, $1250
Al Urban
4½X6½" sepiatoned glossy
"Seated Model Embracing Knee"
Al Urban
Circa 1945, $2500
7½x9½" borderless
black & white glossy

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"David Asnis"
Al Urban
Circa 1937, $2500
7½x9½" borderless
black & white glossy
"Vin DeMarco"
Al Urban
Circa 1945, $1900
7½x9½" borderless
black & white glossy
"John Gallagher"
(featuredStrength & Health
cover April 1945)
Al Urban
Circa 1945, $2500
7½x9½" borderless
black & white glossy

"Dan Lurie reclining"
Al Urban
circa 1935
Al Urban
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"Jules Bacon"
Mr. America 1943
Al Urban
Circa 1945, $2500
7½x9½" black & white
"Steve Wengryn"
Al Urban
Circa 1955, $1900
7½x9½" black & white

Collectors Notes:
Al Urban did not often sign his work, but when he did he would sign it on the front in white ink for dark backgrounds, as seen at left, or visa versa.
However, sometimes an original print can be identified by Urban's handwritting on the back. Now and again Urban would note the model's name and picture number on the reverse in wax pencil, as seen below.
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