Slim Aarons

SLIM AARONS (1916 - 2006)

Slim Aarons worked mainly for society publications, taking pictures of the rich and famous both before and after serving as a photographer for the US military magazine Yank during World War II.

At 18 years old, Aarons enlisted in the U.S. Army, worked as a photographer at West Point, and later served as a combat photographer in WWII and earned a Purple Heart.  Aarons said combat had taught him the only beach worth landing on was decorated with beautiful, seminude girls tanning in a tranquil sun.  After the war, Aarons moved to California and began photographing celebrities.  In California, he shot his most praised photo, Kings of Hollywood, a 1957 New Year's Eve photograph depicting Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper and James Stewart relaxing at a bar in full formal wear.  Aarons' work has been included in the publications Town and Country, Holiday, Venture and LIFE magazines.

Aarons never used a stylist, or a makeup artist.  He made his career out of what he called 'photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places'.  An oft-cited example of this approach is his 1970 Poolside Gossip, shot at Richard Neutra's Kaufmann House, with owner Nelda Linsk as one of the models in the photo.  "I knew everyone," he said in an interview with The (London) 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."  Alfred Hitchcock's, Rear Window, whose main character is a photographer played by Jimmy Stewart, is set in an apartment reputed to be based on Aarons' apartment.

Slim Aarons

Slim Aarons - Adriatic Sailors...
'Adriatic Sailors', Adriatic Sea 1956 Young holidaymakers from Milan enjoy a sail on the Adriatic, 1956. FREE SHIPPING on Slim...
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Slim Aarons - Capri Tan...
'Capri Tan', Capri, Italy 1968 1968, A kneeling sunbather shows off her rings and pendant on a beach in Capri,...
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Slim Aarons - Hotel du...
'Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc', Cap d'Antibes, France, 1969 Waterskiing from the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 1969. FREE SHIPPING...
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Slim Aarons - Marbella Club...
'Marbella Club', Andalucia, 1976 The swimming pool of the Marbella Club in Andalucia looks out over the sea, 1976. FREE...
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Slim Aarons - Desert House...
'Desert House Party 2', January 1970 A poolside party at a desert house, designed by Richard Neutra for Edgar J....
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Slim Aarons - Underwater Drink...
'Underwater Drink', Acapulco, February 1972 A woman drinking from a coconut underwater in the pool at Las Brisas Hotel in...
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'Exhuma Holida', Bahamas, April 1964 A yachting hoilday on Exuma in the Bahamas, April 1964. FREE SHIPPING on Slim Aarons...
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Slim Aarons - Yacht Holiday...
'Yacht Holiday', Marbella, 1967 Tanned bodies on the deck of Dino Pecci Blunt's yacht in Marbella, 1967. FREE SHIPPING on...
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Slim Aarons - Speedboat Landing...
'Speedboat Landing', August 1973 August 1973: A motor boat arrives at a jetty in Porto Ercole, Italy. FREE SHIPPING on...
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Slim Aarons - Man's Work...
'Man's Work', Chicago Working at his typewriter surrounded by 'bunny girls', publisher Hugh M Hefner at the Playboy Key Club...
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Slim Aarons - Porto Ercole...
'Porto Ercole', August 1973 A Magnum motorboat belonging to Count Filippo Theodoli arrives at the private jetty of the Il...
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Slim Aarons - Leisure In...
'Leisure in Antibes', August 1969 A woman sunbathing in a motorboat as it tows a waterskiier, in the sea off...
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