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.