After serving as an army photographer during World War II, Slim Aarons decided he had grown tired of illustrating carnage and despair: ‘After you’ve seen a concentration camp, you really don’t want to see any more bad things’ so he settled in Hollywood where he took on glamorous and elegant images that were soon to be found in such publications as Life, Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country. From Palm Springs to Monaco, the American photographer depicted the privileged and prosperous existences of the rich and beautiful should it be Europe’s aristocracy, Hollywood’s elite, socialistes or snobbish musicians such as Mick Jagger, the whole to satisfy his mantra: ‘Attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places’. Slim Aaron’s nonchalant and vivid images made rich people look awfully sexy and effortlessly stylish such as his Kings of Hollywood that showed Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper and James Stewart or the iconic Poolside Gossip featuring a Richard Neutra house. In his own time, the photographer had become the observer of a fashionable court just as Cecil Beaton had done a few years before him. So influential, he inspired the fascinated watcher in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window - by the way, when James Stewart was approached by strangers, he would joke: ‘No, I am Slim Aarons’. And so appealing, that one day, as he was walking in Palm Beach, a car drove by and its occupier rolled down the window and asked ‘Was the girl from your story about Lake Como really that beautiful?’ The inquirer was President Kennedy.