June 8, 2018
Bob Thall attended Kilmer Elementary and Sullivan High School in Rogers Park, and then received both his BA and MFA from the University of Illinois Chicago. He was a photographer for the Seagram Bicentennial County Courthouse Project and later was commissioned to photograph historic architecture for the Historic American Buildings Survey, the Chicago Landmarks Commission, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Since 1972, Thall’s non-commissioned photographic work has documented various aspects Chicago area landscape. This work has been published in four monographs and widely exhibited, including one-person exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago (1994) and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (1999). In 1998, Thall was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Photography. Bob Thall taught Photography at Columbia College Chicago from 1978 to 2017, serving as Chair of the department 1999 – 2011.
Portrait by Devina Yoestong