About John Urban

filmmaker, storyteller, terrible cook.

He is based in Madison, WI
He borrowed the dog for the shoot.  (lame)

That one time my client said nice things about my work –

He can take a picture of his grandma that looks like everybody’s grandma, or the grandma you wanted but never had – and then shoot the governor, tense during budget talks, as you’ve never seen him before. The one thing you can count on from John Urban is eclecticism and pure originality.  

Urban’s humor relaxes people, puts them off their guard and allows their true selves to shine through. Maybe that’s part of his success with portraits. His work delivers a refreshing kaleidoscope of humankind-people who may not always be “at their best,” but certainly at their most genuine.

Joan Fischer, Former Editor of the Wisconsin Academy Review.

Clients Include:
100+ Women Who Care
American Heart Association Wisconsin
BriarPatch Youth Services
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
Gio’s Garden Respite Center
Humanity United
Monroe Clinic and Hospital
Meriter Foundation
Marshfield Clinic
Prevention Genetics
Rape Crisis Center
ReSurge International
Ronald McDonald House Charities – Madison
Thermo Scientific
Turville Bay MRI
Wisconsin Fertility Institute
Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation