Photography

Joel, Yale (1919 - 2006)

A member of Life magazine’s staff, Yale Joel photographed many of the most significant moments of the mid-20th century history alongside most of their actors, from Marilyn Monroe singing a very special Happy Birthday, to fashion models and other fellow photographers at work. He excelled at assignments that involved special effects, unusual equipments, precise staging and wide angles which promptly earned him the reputation of being the ‘photographer of the impossible’. Eager to depict whimsical and playful scenes, he nonetheless delivered much empathy for his subjects. Just like this time, in 1946, when he placed a trick mirror in Times Square Theatre and managed to capture the individuals looking into the glass, believing it was an ordinary mirror. By doing so, he portrayed women adjusting stockings and hair, men inspecting teeth…:a category of the New York community at its most spontaneous and intimate.
 

Yale Joel, Ervand Kogbeliantz, Three-Dimensional Chess, 1952
Yale Joel, Ervand Kogbeliantz, Three-Dimensional Chess, 1952
Yale Joel, House being moved across the bay, Maine, 1951
Yale Joel, House being moved across the bay, Maine, 1951
Yale Joel, Admiral Hyman Rickover, known as
Yale Joel, Admiral Hyman Rickover, known as "Father of nuclear submarine", 1954
Yale Joel, Marilyn Monroe,
Yale Joel, Marilyn Monroe, "Happy Birthday Mr. President", Madison Square Garden, NT, 1962
Yale Joel, John F. Kennedy's first Congressional campaign at age 29, Massachusetts, 1946
Yale Joel, John F. Kennedy's first Congressional campaign at age 29, Massachusetts, 1946
Yale Joel, Charles de Gaulle, France, 1948
Yale Joel, Charles de Gaulle, France, 1948
Yale Joel, Philippe Halsman looks at Dali, 1954
Yale Joel, Philippe Halsman looks at Dali, 1954
Yale Joel, Jacques Tati at the MoMa, Sculpture Garden, NY, 1958
Yale Joel, Jacques Tati at the MoMa, Sculpture Garden, NY, 1958
Yale Joel,
Yale Joel, "Bag Fashion", Central Park, NY, 1957
Yale Joel, Jim Morrison singing in front of a purple psychedelic backdrop, Second Avenue Theater, NY, 1968
Yale Joel, Jim Morrison singing in front of a purple psychedelic backdrop, Second Avenue Theater, NY, 1968
Yale Joel, A woman profiling a big smile while adoring her poodle that is wearing a large swiss watch on his dog collar, November 1953
Yale Joel, A woman profiling a big smile while adoring her poodle that is wearing a large swiss watch on his dog collar, November 1953
Yale Joel, Lena Horne, Paris, December 1947
Yale Joel, Lena Horne, Paris, December 1947
Yale Joel, Colby College Mountain Day, October 1950
Yale Joel, Colby College Mountain Day, October 1950
Yale Joel, Vera Bogach of Massachussetts College, studying for exams in a bubble bath, May 1951
Yale Joel, Vera Bogach of Massachussetts College, studying for exams in a bubble bath, May 1951
Yale Joel, Sun Glasses, 1963
Yale Joel, Sun Glasses, 1963
Yale Joel, Actor, Tony Randall portraying cocktail party pest types, here the indestructible, eternal college man, October 1957
Yale Joel, Actor, Tony Randall portraying cocktail party pest types, here the indestructible, eternal college man, October 1957
Yale Joel, Jacques Tati looking at the high ceiling of an office lobby, New York, October 1958
Yale Joel, Jacques Tati looking at the high ceiling of an office lobby, New York, October 1958
Yale Joel, Paris in the fog, 1948
Yale Joel, Paris in the fog, 1948
Yale Joel, Philippe Halsman looks at Dali, 1954
Yale Joel, Philippe Halsman looks at Dali, 1954
Yale Joel, Al Holle smiling at the camera while working in the engine, May 1956
Yale Joel, Al Holle smiling at the camera while working in the engine, May 1956
Yale Joel, President of Zeus Corp., Robert L. Stern, smoking a cigarette from his self-designed
Yale Joel, President of Zeus Corp., Robert L. Stern, smoking a cigarette from his self-designed "lovers holder" cigarette holder, March 1954
Yale Joel, Bob Smith, (L) star of 1950's kiddie TV show, posing with vintage `Howdy Doody' toys with owner Rita Brand, NY, 1971
Yale Joel, Bob Smith, (L) star of 1950's kiddie TV show, posing with vintage `Howdy Doody' toys with owner Rita Brand, NY, 1971
Yale Joel, Rocket ship prize, boy wearing space helmet, 1954
Yale Joel, Rocket ship prize, boy wearing space helmet, 1954
Yale Joel, Philippe Halsman Looks At Salvador Dali, 1954
Yale Joel, Philippe Halsman Looks At Salvador Dali, 1954
Yale Joel, A pet chihuahua's leash is wrapped around its fashionable owner's leg, 1961
Yale Joel, A pet chihuahua's leash is wrapped around its fashionable owner's leg, 1961
Yale Joel, 80 Carat Uncut Diamond, Unusual Christmas Gift Suggestion at Tiffany's, 1969
Yale Joel, 80 Carat Uncut Diamond, Unusual Christmas Gift Suggestion at Tiffany's, 1969
Yale Joel, A model is being photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harpers' Bazaar, 1947
Yale Joel, A model is being photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harpers' Bazaar, 1947
Yale Joel, Americans in Paris, October, 1947
Yale Joel, Americans in Paris, October, 1947
Yale Joel, Actor Tony Randall is portraying cocktail party pest types, here the confider, October 1957
Yale Joel, Actor Tony Randall is portraying cocktail party pest types, here the confider, October 1957
Yale Joel, Americans in Paris, October, 1947
Yale Joel, Americans in Paris, October, 1947
Yale Joel, Beauty Contest, 1962
Yale Joel, Beauty Contest, 1962
Yale Joel, Christmas shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue, 1962
Yale Joel, Christmas shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue, 1962
Yale Joel, Feeding pigeons in an empty Times Square during a taxi strike, 1948
Yale Joel, Feeding pigeons in an empty Times Square during a taxi strike, 1948
Yale Joel, Paris in the fog, 1948
Yale Joel, Paris in the fog, 1948
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