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Aarons, Slim (1916 - 2016)

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.
 

Tags / Slim Aarons - American Photographer - Portrait - 1960s - Color - Elegance - Wealthy
Aaron Slims, Beauty and the Beast, 1959
Aaron Slims, Beauty and the Beast, 1959
Aaron Slims, Capote at Home, 1958
Aaron Slims, Capote at Home, 1958
Aaron Slims, Catherine Wilke, 1980
Aaron Slims, Catherine Wilke, 1980
Aaron Slims, Dolores del Rio, 1952
Aaron Slims, Dolores del Rio, 1952
Aaron Slims, Eden Roc Pool, 1976
Aaron Slims, Eden Roc Pool, 1976
Aaron Slims, Esther Williams In Pool, 1955
Aaron Slims, Esther Williams In Pool, 1955
Aaron Slims, Finding a Spot, 1973
Aaron Slims, Finding a Spot, 1973
Aaron Slims, Jazz Scooter, Rome, 1949
Aaron Slims, Jazz Scooter, Rome, 1949
Aaron Slims, Leisure and Fashion, 1961
Aaron Slims, Leisure and Fashion, 1961
Aaron Slims, Mara Lane at The Sands,1954
Aaron Slims, Mara Lane at The Sands,1954
Aaron Slims, Monocled Miss, 1964
Aaron Slims, Monocled Miss, 1964
Aaron Slims, Nice Pool, 1955
Aaron Slims, Nice Pool, 1955
Aaron Slims, Penthouse Pool, 1961
Aaron Slims, Penthouse Pool, 1961
Aaron Slims, Pink Accessory, 1955
Aaron Slims, Pink Accessory, 1955
Aaron Slims, Pool at Las Brisas, 1972
Aaron Slims, Pool at Las Brisas, 1972
Aaron Slims, Sundowners,1958
Aaron Slims, Sundowners,1958
Aaron Slims, Swimming in the Bahamas,1959
Aaron Slims, Swimming in the Bahamas,1959
Aaron Slims, Tricky Shot: Daryl Zanuck,1955
Aaron Slims, Tricky Shot: Daryl Zanuck,1955
Aaron Slims, Underwater Drinks, 1972
Aaron Slims, Underwater Drinks, 1972
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