Slim Aarons

Slim Aarons

United States • Born in: 1916

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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 World War II 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's Year's Eve photograph depicting Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper, and James Stewart relaxing at a bar in full formal wear. Aaron's work appeared in Life, Town & Country, and Holiday 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 film, Rear Window (1954), whose main character is a photographer played by Jimmy Stewart, is set in an apartment reputed to be based on Aarons' apartment.

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On The slopes of Sugarbush, Slim Aarons

On The slopes of Sugarbush

Slim Aarons

Photography - 76 x 51 x 0.01 cm

$3,156

Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc (Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print), Slim Aarons

Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc (Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print)

Slim Aarons

Photography - 152.4 x 101.6 cm

$4,087

Laguna Beach Surfers - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, Slim Aarons

Laguna Beach Surfers - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print

Slim Aarons

Photography - 101.6 x 76.2 cm

$3,267

Eleuthera Pool Party, Slim Aarons

Eleuthera Pool Party

Slim Aarons

Photography - 76.2 x 76.2 cm

$3,278

Capucine 1957 Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, Slim Aarons

Capucine 1957 Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print

Slim Aarons

Photography - 76.2 x 50.8 cm

$2,990

Dining On Capri Al Fresco, Slim Aarons

Dining On Capri Al Fresco

Slim Aarons

Photography - 40.6 x 50.8 cm

$2,348

Beach Near Portinatx, Slim Aarons

Beach Near Portinatx

Slim Aarons

Photography - 101.6 x 76.2 cm

$3,461

Skaal House In Stowe, Slim Aarons

Skaal House In Stowe

Slim Aarons

Photography - 30.5 x 30.5 cm

$2,448

Teddy Stauffer In Acapulco, Slim Aarons

Teddy Stauffer In Acapulco

Slim Aarons

Photography - 40.6 x 50.8 cm

$2,104

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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 World War II 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's Year's Eve photograph depicting Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper, and James Stewart relaxing at a bar in full formal wear. Aaron's work appeared in Life, Town & Country, and Holiday 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 film, Rear Window (1954), whose main character is a photographer played by Jimmy Stewart, is set in an apartment reputed to be based on Aarons' apartment.

What is Slim Aarons’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Aerial Visual Artists, American Icons

When was Slim Aarons born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1916