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Yale Joel, 1909-2006


Former Life magazine photographer Yale Joel recently died of cardiac arrest in New York City at the age of 87.

Joel began his photographic career in 1938, when he was 19 years old, going on to serve as a combat photographer for the Army Signal Corps in World War II. He joined the original Life staff in 1947, working at various times through the magazine's Paris, Washington, Boston and New York offices.

During the next decade, he twice won the Magazine Photographer of the Year award. Among the many international figures whose portraits he created were John F. Kennedy, Admiral Hyman Rickover and mathematician Ervand Kogbetliantz.

Also known as a lecturer and teacher, Joel was an adjunct professor at Hunter College and New York University, and taught at the International Center of Photography in New York. He created a how-to series of photo cards called "Creative Camera Techniques," which he later converted to a web site.

Joel is survived by his wife, Shirley, and a daughter and two sons.