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Slim Aarons

Born in: 1916

United States

Biography
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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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Slim Aarons, Campbell Falls Picnic, Print

Slim Aarons

Campbell Falls Picnic, 1959
39.8 x 39.8 inch
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$4,097

Slim Aarons, Skiing In Vail, Photography

Slim Aarons

Skiing In Vail, 1964
29.9 x 29.9 inch
Photography

$3,330

Slim Aarons, El venero, Print

Slim Aarons

El venero, 1967
29.9 x 39.8 inch
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$3,629

Slim Aarons, Decked in Finery, Print

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Decked in Finery, 1956
29.9 x 20.1 inch
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$3,125

Slim Aarons, Palm beach idyll, Print

Slim Aarons

Palm beach idyll, 1955
39.8 x 39.8 inch
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$4,120

Slim Aarons, Sunbathing in Arizona, Print

Slim Aarons

Sunbathing in Arizona, 1967
29.9 x 39.8 inch
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$3,512

Slim Aarons, Digging for clams, Print

Slim Aarons

Digging for clams, 1960
39.8 x 39.8 inch
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$3,453

Slim Aarons, Keep your cool, Print

Slim Aarons

Keep your cool, 1978
47.6 x 72 inch
Print

$5,033

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Coming Ashore, Photography

Slim Aarons

Coming Ashore, 1973
59.8 x 39.8 inch
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$3,921

Slim Aarons, Caleta Beach, Photography

Slim Aarons

Caleta Beach, 1968
29.9 x 20.1 inch
Photography

$2,979

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Positano Beach, Photography

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Positano Beach, 1979
20.1 x 24 inch
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$2,487

Slim Aarons, Snorkelling In The Shallows, Photography

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Snorkelling In The Shallows, 1959
29.9 x 29.9 inch
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$3,330

Slim Aarons, A Nice Spot For Lunch, Photography

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A Nice Spot For Lunch, 1957
29.9 x 29.9 inch
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$3,330

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Poolside Glamour, Photography

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Poolside Glamour, 1970
39.8 x 59.8 inch
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$7,020

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