SLIM AARONS | THE JET SET ARCHIVES
Posted on April 29, 2014 by Trace
S L I M A A R O N S
THE JET SET ARCHIVES
‘Attractive people, doing attractive things,
in attractive places’
— Slim Aarons mantra
Slim Aarons [called “Slim” because of his slender body] whose real name is George Allen Aarons, photographed many of the most famous faces of the late 20th century. With a list that includes The Kennedy’s, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Louis Armstrong & Princess Diana; and a career that spans more than five decades.
The Kaufmann House Palm Springs 1970
Hotel du Cap Eden Roc Pool
Bookcover – Poolside With Slim Aarons
As a Jet Set photographer he dedicates himself to the depiction of Hollywood glamour and luxury. His subjects are exclusively celebrities, photographed in luxurious surroundings often around a swimming pool, in their own home.
Carmen Alvarez with Frank ‘Brandy’ Brandstetter
in a swimming pool at Acapulco playing a game of backgammon.
“I knew everyone,” he said in an interview with The Independent in 2002. “They would invite me to one of their parties because they knew I wouldn’t hurt them. I was one of them.”
Guests at Villa Nirvana
Slim Aarons’s photos define that legendary class known as the “beautiful people.”
Captured in a host of memorable portraits, across a vast geography of resorts, estates, palaces, elegant apartments, mansions, castles and other glamorous settings.
Athens, a Penthouse pool
The Acropolis stands out in the background 1961
Colony Hotel Palm Beach Florida 1961
Photographer Slim Aarons slouches in a chair with the Acropolis
and its surroundings as a backdrop circa 1955
In his twenties he photographed the horrors of the Second World War. Years later Slim Aarons, who lost his twin brother in the war and won a Purple Heart, said for The New York Times that combat had taught him that the only beach worth landing on was “decorated with beautiful, seminude girls tanning in a tranquil sun.”
Slim Aarons (1916–2006) is regarded as one of the most
influential magazine photographers of his generation.
He has published four books of his photos
which can be purchased here on Amazon
or at other good book shops.
“Three strands of pearls, makes a nice girl.”
– Slim Aarons
Sources :: Yellow Korner, The Selvedge Yard,
The French Sampler
& Google images
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