A SCORE OF YEARS YOUNGER
WITH A BANQUET NEG - 12x20"

SHOOTING CHICAGO
WITH YANULPAN CAMERA
THOMAS G. YANUL  
      (1940 - ONE OF THESE DAYS to 2014)
       Thats 504 in dog years !

BORN AND RAISED PRETTY MUCH IN CHICAGO,
SAVE A FEW YEARS HERE AND THERE.
 
WORKING LIFE EXPERIENCES ARE VARIED TO SAY THE LEAST..
 
HERE THEY ARE:  NEWSPAPER DELIVERY BOY; BUSS BOY; AUTO MECHANIC; RESPIRATORY THERAPIST; NEWSPAPER REPORTER; GO-FER IN ARCHITECTURAL OFC; CHIEF FIELD SURVEYOR, ARCHITECTURAL DIV., ILLINOIS HISTORIC SITES SURVEY; FREE-LANCE ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHER; TRADITIONAL BANQUET PHOTOG; LARGE FORMAT SWING-LENS PANORAMIC CAMERA BUILDER AND USER; OCCASIONAL
AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORIAN.
 
OCCASIONAL SPEAKER AND EXHIBITOR OF MY PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS IN VARIOUS COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.
 
ONE MAN EXHIBITION - UNITED STATES INFORMATION AGENCY,  BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA, 1991.(TRAVELLING)
 
ONE MAN EXHIBITION - BIBLIOTHEQUE HISTORIQUE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS, PARIS, FRANCE. 1996
                                                
OTHER SITES ON MY WEB:   MANY PAGE MONOGRAPH ON
 
 
SITE REGARDS MY PAN CAMERAS, A FEW PHOTOS, AND LINKS TO MY OTHER SITES. GO HERE FOR THAT.
If you came here from "baroque" use your back button to return.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS
BOYS IN CENTRAL PARK, NYC
by C.D. ARNOLD, CA. 1887

THE LATE HUGHES RUDD
NEWSMAN & RACONTEUR
HE CHANGED MY LIFE

Tour Eiffel

by

Tom Yanul

 

Thomas Yanul, 1940-2014

Photographer known for panoramic shots of Chicago

 

Photographer Thomas Yanul combined an artist's eye for his favorite subjects, especially Chicago and its architecture and large social gatherings, with the patience and vision it took to design, build and use the large format and specialized panoramic cameras needed for his work.

Mr. Yanul, 74, died of complications from lung cancer Monday, March 24, in his Oak Lawn home, according to his friend Susan Doctors.

Long before software programs that stitch together a series of separately photographed images to construct a wide angle view, Mr. Yanul was capturing such images on film in a single "take," using custom-designed and built cameras with rotating lenses capturing images on outsized negatives.

"The lens makes a great sweep of 270 degrees and you get a negative that's 24 inches long and 12 inches high and you get a spectacular picture," said Paul Kruty, a retired professor of architectural history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Years ago, Kruty also helped Mr. Yanul with some of his photographs of banquets and similar events, producing remarkable shots that showed every face in a large crowd in sharp focus.

"He had a banquet camera with a large negative," Kruty said, adding that Mr. Yanul used flashbulbs to light those shots.

"He used 50 flashbulbs and it could take five hours to set up one shot."

Mr. Yanul was born and grew up on the Southwest Side of Chicago, graduating from Gage Park High School.

He spent some time in the Air Force, including in Alaska and Newfoundland. On his website, he listed a number of jobs, from busboy to newspaper reporter, but he was always drawn to photography.

"Photography had been a growing obsession with him for quite a while and eventually he decided to try to make a living at it," said his brother Richard.

By the early 1970s, Mr. Yanul was working as a photographer for the Illinois Historic Structure Survey, an effort to identify and document Illinois buildings of architectural interest.

The project was to identify pre-World War II buildings, an inventory of state architectural resources, according to Kruty, who met Mr. Yanul while working on the survey around 1975.

"Tom was the photographer for the project," said Kruty, adding that the survey covered towns with a population of 500 or more and eventually identified 50,000 architecturally interesting buildings.

The focus on architecture was a natural for Mr. Yanul, who took that to new heights with his panoramic photos of Chicago shot from rooftops and other high vantage points around the city.

Late in 1988, Mr. Yanul talked with the Tribune about those photos.

"When I started shooting panoramas from rooftops in 1985, I wanted to shoot everything record it all. The architecture in Chicago is changing so fast," he said.

As part of that desire to document the city and its structures, Mr. Yanul arranged for much of his work to be acquired by the library of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

"We received the collection of his photos last year, most of his Chicago-based work," said Peggy Glowacki, manuscripts librarian at UIC. She said the material is still being processed in preparation for making it available for researchers.

"He was getting to a point in his life when he wanted to ensure that his work would be useful, that it would last," Glowacki said.

"He had a romantic view of life," Doctors said. "He thought history should be recorded."

He expressed the same thought to the Tribune in 1988. "I'm leaving my photographs behind. That's my legacy."

Mr. Yanul's wife, Natalia, died in 2010.

Services were held.

 

 

 

YANULPAN CAMERA IN LIVING COLOR 12x20" neg.

 


 

 

 

Hardelot la Plage (Neufchatel-Hardelot) -France.
Some of the original late 19th C. houses
from the development begun by John Whitley
Photo-Yanul/Stevenet

A Paris night on the town with jacques & stefi,
moi femme, and liza.
 
REMEMBER PIERREFETTE !
FOR MY FRIEND JACQUES.....

 

FRIENDS IN BOULOGNE

   

YOUNG ARTHUR WHITLEY
THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THE BIG RED BOOK
THE BIG RED BOOK - London, 1887
MY NEXT PROJECT - READY TO BEGIN WRITING
BOUGHT IN A BROCANTE (ANTIQUE) SHOP IN SAMER, FRANCE 1982.  ITS EXISTANCE & MY RESEARCH HAS LED TO A VERY LONG AND INTERESTING SAGA BEGINS WITH THE 1ST AMERICAN TRADE EXHIBIT, LONDON,  1887
INVOLVES THE WHITLEY FAMILY OF 19th & 20thCENTURY ENGLAND & FRANCE THE FRENCH COASTAL RESORT TOWNS OF HARDELOT & CONDETTE  WORLD WAR I & WORLD WAR II - CAPTURE, ESCAPE, DEATH & CONFINEMENT 20 YEARS LATER I VISIT SOME OF THE PLACES & THE PEOPLE

 

WHERE I WOULD LIKE TO GO NEXT YEAR
1891 VIEW OF ANTICO CAFFE REGLI
(LOOKS SAME TODAY)
NEGATIVE BOUGHT IN PARIS FLEA MARKET 1994
NOW CALLED CAFFE DEL LAGO OWNED BY CUCCATO BROS.
LOCATED IN ORTA SAN GIULIO, ON LAKE ORTA
PIEDMONT  DISTRICT - NW ITALY - WEST OF MILAN.

 

A WALLET-BUSTING ARTWORK ON ITALIAN TILES
OLD SECTION OF BOULOGNE SUR-MER, FRANCE
YANULPAN PHOTO  - 8" X 24"
PHOTO MADE FROM  BUILDING THAT HOUSED NAPOLEON AND JOSEPHINE
 WHEN THEY VISITED SEVERAL TIMES - FIRST DECADE OF THE 19TH C.

TOWN OF SAMER, FRANCE - NEAR BOULOGNE S/M
WHERE IN 1982 I BOUGHT THE "BIG RED BOOK".