“Well Irv, it’s been an extreme honor and a pleasure working with you over these past 15 years. I remember back when we first started, you were so very professional and patient that I only wanted to shoot with you. Your photos were always the best in the business. I've been using more of your photos to sell than anyone out there. There are 2 of your photos that have been the best sellers of all time. Thanks for all the great photos, and memories that will last a lifetime. Thanks for taking the time to make me look my utmost best and profit extensively, trust me, I couldn't have done it without your love and support for the sport of bodybuilding.”
RONNIE COLEMAN, 8X MR. OLYMPIA
“When I’ve got impossible deadlines to meet and I need great photos fast, Irv is always there. You can count on him to give you consistently great material with minimal supervision.”
CHRIS FERGUSON, CEO, BIO-ENGINEERED SUPPLEMENTS & NUTRITION (BSN), INC.
“Irv Gelb’s work shows a great understanding of bodybuilding. His photos are great visually and right on technically.”
MICHAEL ROCKOFF, PRESIDENT, UNIVERSAL NUTRITION
“Irvin Gelb is more than a world class photographer of the human form. He invariably "discovers" bodybuilders and fitness athletes before anyone else and it is his first images of these neophytes that starts them on to their way to physique stardom. Irvin is the favorite photographer of all who seek to be world famous because his images speak loudest of all.”
ROBERT KENNEDY, PUBLISHER, MUSCLEMAG INTERNATIONAL, OXYGEN, REPS!, MAXIMUM FITNESS, AMERICAN CURVES
"Irvin is without question one of the top photographers in the industry. From cover shots to hardcore training shots Irv knows how to capture a physique on film. And he is one of the best photographers to work with--he is a true professional!"
GERARD DENTE, PRESIDENT, MHP
"I had the good luck of meeting and working with Irv when I first broke into fitness modeling and have worked with him many times since then. Not only has Irv always been extremely professional and easy to work with, but I have always loved the pictures that we create. Irv is truly an original and I will always jump at the chance to work with him!"
TORRIE WILSON, WWE STAR
“From the first time he discovered me in 1995 Irvin has been my favorite photographer and dear friend!!!! The work is amazing and so is the kindness of his heart. Thank you for making the world notice me and also thank you for making my career take off when I was an amateur…to become an IFBB pro later on. Peace and keep up the good work. You’re the best.”
JAMO NEZZAR, PRO BODYBUILDER
“Irv Gelb is an artist with a great eye for getting “the shot”—that elusive photograph that freezes time and space as it captures the subject and the moment. It’s been a pleasure posing for physique photographs taken by Irv over the years.”
LEE LABRADA, PRESIDENT, LABRADA NUTRITION
“Irvin was one of my first photographers .I was very shy, especially because I didn't speak English very well. But Irvin was always very professional and a very nice guy. I always had a lot of fun shooting with him. We got many covers from the shoots that we did.”
TIMEA MAJOROVA, ACTRESS, MODEL
"I’ve known Irvin since before his or my hair started turning gray. He's shot everyone who is anyone in bodybuilding and has the reputation of spotting tomorrow’s superstars.
CHRIS ACETO, WRITER
“Irv Gelb is simply the best. He’s meticulous at what he does and creates magic with the camera. I’ve been shooting with him since I landed in American more than 10 years ago and he’s consistently taken great photos of me that are memorable.”
LEE PRIEST, PRO BODYBUILDER
“Irv, thanks for all your amazing photography through the years, I feel blessed to have you as an associate and as a friend.”
CHRISTINA LINDLEY,ACTRESS, MODEL
"After almost 20 years publishing bodybuilding magazines and dealing with most of the lens stars, Irvin is my favourite because he's able to catch the essence of human movements, so that each one of his photos has life by themselves"
CANDIDO MORO, PUBLISHER, BODYFITNESS MAGAZINE SPAIN
Irv really has his pulse on the fitness and photography industry. His long history in the industry has placed him at the top of the list for magazines to find talent for their covers. This makes me as a model so honored to have shot with him twice. With hopefully many more to come. Thanks Irv. Your kindness and professionalism make you the superstar in my book!!
BOBBI SUE LUTHER, ACTRESS, MODEL
"Having been one of the owners of Gold's Gym-Venice for 25 years, I saw a lot of great fitness photographers and their work. Irv is one of the best and remains at the top of his game to this day. His black and white photographs hanging in the flagship Venice facility still stand out and his many magazine covers remain some of the most memorable for their quality."
EDWARD K. CONNORS, CO-FOUNDER/PRESIDENT, GOLD’S GYM FRANCHISING INTERNATIONAL
"I've had the pleasure of shooting numerous magazine covers both nationally as well as abroad with Irvin.
He captured the best of me on film and was always professional and true to his word."
AMY FADHLI, ACTRESS, FITNESS MODEL
“I've worked with Irv on numerous occasions, including my first photo shoot back in 1999. He is not only professional and efficient, but the end product is fantastic. Thanks Irv for being a joy to work with and for making me look so good in the photos you produce! “
MARK DUGDALE, PRO BODYBUILDER
“I have been involved in the sport of bodybuilding since 1972 and have met and worked with just about everyone, I have been photographed by all the best and I can honestly say knowing Art Zeller, John Balik, Mike Neveux personally, you become fully aware of the proper photography in bodybuilding! I've met Irv Gelb in the early 80’s and he is without doubt one of the all time greats! His pictures speak for themselves!”
SAMIR BANNOUT, MR. OLYMPIA
“Irvin Gelb was the first photographer I worked with and until today his work is one of the best ever. The greatest thing about Irvin is that he likes to do his work with passion.”
GUNTER SCHLIERKAMP, ACTOR, PRO BODYBUILDER
“As former competitive Bodybuilder, and current actor and producer I have learned how important is to have the right plan to achieve your goals. It is also important to surround yourself with a great team. It is my honor to have met Mr. Irvin Gelb, one of the best photographers and professionals in the industry. My memories, including countless photo sessions, are priceless. I will treasure and cherish his friendship and devotion.”
ROLAND KICKINGER, ACTOR/PRODUCER
“One of the first photographers I had the opportunity to shoot with when I entered into the Fitness Business (1995) was Irv Gelb. Immediately I received a cover of MuscleMag International Magazine! It was a great experience and since then I have enjoyed shooting with Irv many times!
He is professional, ready and always takes great shots! Irv has been a true gentleman and friend at all times! Thanks Irv!”
MONICA BRANT, MODEL/SPOKESPERSON/PRO FIGURE COMPETITOR
“Irvin was the first photographer to photograph me when I began my bodybuilding career. He has that unique eye that captures the bodybuilder as a piece of art; something very difficult in this field. The best memories I have from my years of bodybuilding are of the shoots we did and the time that we shared to get the best pictures possible. Irvin is a great part of the success I have had and I consider him one of the best in the business.”
JAY CUTLER, 3 TIME ASC CHAMPION/4 TIME MR. OLYMPIA RUNNER-UP
"There are several exceptional photographers in our industry, but none takes the special personal interest in his subjects, as does Irv. He treats everybody with first class respect and thoughtfulness. Mr. Olympia or Joe Novice, you become the King for the day! As an end result, you get great photos with passion, intensity and individual character."
JEFF EVERSON, PUBLISHER, PLANET MUSCLE MAGAZINE
“Irv and I had not worked together until just recently. It was intense, and productive. He was very kind and complimentary to me, which made me try my best for him to get great pictures. Sure enough, the pictures we created featured on a cover in record time. I look forward to working some more magic with Irv.”
GARY STRYDOM, PRO BODYBUILDER, OWNER, CRAZEE WEAR