Life photographer Yale Joel standing in front of one of his photographs. (Photo by Gordon Parks/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Life photographer Yale Joel standing in front of one of his photographs. (Photo by Gordon Parks/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

After spending World War II in Italy as an Army combat photographer, Yale Joel (1919-2006) returned to the U.S., and in 1947 joined the staff at LIFE, where he spent the next quarter century working out of LIFE’S Washington, D.C., Paris, Boston and New York City news bureaus. He was known for his versatility, often traipsing along the East Coast capturing Americana. His forte was the tricky shot that required esoteric equipment or choreographed setups.

Adapted from The Great LIFE Photographers

Yale University. (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Yale University. (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Writer Gloria Steinem sitting cross-legged on floor w. sign We Shall Overcome re pop culture (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Writer Gloria Steinem sitting cross-legged on floor w. sign We Shall Overcome re pop culture (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Rock group The Doors performing at the Fillmore East. (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Rock group The Doors performing at the Fillmore East. (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Playing field and packed stands during Army-Navy game. (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Playing field and packed stands during Army-Navy game. (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

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