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Boston University presents Yale Joel's American LIFE
Exhibition Dates: February 18, 2011 - extended run

Boston – The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University will exhibit the work of acclaimed LIFE Magazine photographer Yale Joel. The exhibition, Yale Joel's American LIFE, highlights the life and career of the influential photographer by displaying a wide array of Joel's photographs, correspondence and documents, including a number of LIFE covers. Notable items include Joel's series of photographs of Hitler's Air Marshal Hermann Goering, two days after he had surrendered to American combat troops in May 1945; President Harry S. Truman throwing out the opening day pitch at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.; Charles deGaulle, future president of France, addressing a crowd in 1948; former Boston Mayor James Michael Curley on a comeback campaign in 1951; boxing promoter Don King; and opening day of Disney World in Orlando, Florida in October 1971.

Born in 1919, Yale Joel began his career as a professional photographer when he was nineteen years old. He served as a combat photographer in World War II, and in 1947 became a member of the original LIFE photography staff. Working out of the LIFE bureaus in Washington, Paris, Boston and New York, he established an early reputation as a photographer of the "impossible," with his ability to create camera perspectives the ordinary eye normally could not see. At the same time, his rapport with people and capacity to capture them on film earned him an equally distinguished reputation. As a photographer of events and people, Joel's work appeared on LIFE covers, in news stories and many memorable photo essays. He won the esteemed "Magazine Photographer of the Year" award two years in a row from the University of Missouri, plus numerous honors in a variety of categories throughout his career.

Well-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. Joel passed away September 30, 2006.


This exhibition is located in the Gotlieb Memorial Gallery on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library on the Boston University campus. The Mugar Memorial Library is located at 771 Commonwealth Avenue (BU Central T stop on the "B" Green Line). The exhibition can be viewed during normal library hours: Monday-Thursday 7:00 AM - 2:00 AM, Friday 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM - midnight.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theatre, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public.