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Slim Aarons

United States Born in: 1916 Bestsellers Emerging artists

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

Slim Aarons

Laguna Beach Surfers - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, 1970
101.6 x 76.2 cm
Photography

$3,408

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Digging for clams, Print

Slim Aarons

Digging for clams, 1960
101 x 101 cm
Print

$3,830

Slim Aarons, 'Marbella House Party' Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, Photography

Slim Aarons

'Marbella House Party' Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, 1967
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,020

Slim Aarons, Nice Pool, Photography

Slim Aarons

Nice Pool, 1955
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$6,325

Slim Aarons, Marbles Championship - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, Photography

Slim Aarons

Marbles Championship - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, 1947
76.2 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,020

Slim Aarons, Fan Mail Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, Photography

Slim Aarons

Fan Mail Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, 1958
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$5,499

Slim Aarons, Verbier Vacation 1964 Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, Photography

Slim Aarons

Verbier Vacation 1964 Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, 1964
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$5,499

Slim Aarons, Penthouse Pool  Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, Photography

Slim Aarons

Penthouse Pool Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, 1961
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$5,499

Slim Aarons, Pop And Society 1968  Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, Photography

Slim Aarons

Pop And Society 1968 Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, 1968
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$5,499

Slim Aarons, Lech Ice Bar - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, Photography

Slim Aarons

Lech Ice Bar - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, 1960
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,020

Slim Aarons, Kasimir Korybut - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, Photography

Slim Aarons

Kasimir Korybut - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, 1971
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,020

Slim Aarons, Lech Ice Bar - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, Photography

Slim Aarons

Lech Ice Bar - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, 1960
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,020

Slim Aarons, Ice Bar - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, Photography

Slim Aarons

Ice Bar - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,020

Slim Aarons, Family Snapper - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, Photography

Slim Aarons

Family Snapper - Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print, 1959
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$5,499

Slim Aarons, Polo At Cowdray Park, Photography

Slim Aarons

Polo At Cowdray Park, 1985
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$4,263

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Pool Party, Photography

Slim Aarons

Pool Party, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Swimming In The Bahamas, Photography

Slim Aarons

Swimming In The Bahamas, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Poolside Party, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Party, 2020
76.2 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$3,610

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, A Nice Spot For Lunch, Photography

Slim Aarons

A Nice Spot For Lunch, 2020
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, La Barranca, Photography

Slim Aarons

La Barranca, 2020
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$4,263

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, El venero, Print

Slim Aarons

El venero, 1967
76 x 101 cm
Print

$3,581

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Coming Ashore, Photography

Slim Aarons

Coming Ashore, 1973
152 x 101 cm
Photography

$3,870

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Porto Ercole, Photography

Slim Aarons

Porto Ercole, 2020
101.6 x 76.2 cm
Photography

$3,610

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Anzio Quayside, Photography

Slim Aarons

Anzio Quayside, 2020
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Ursula Andress, Photography

Slim Aarons

Ursula Andress, 1955
40.6 x 40.6 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$2,800

Slim Aarons, Sunbathing In Capri, Photography

Slim Aarons

Sunbathing In Capri, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Young Society, Photography

Slim Aarons

Young Society, 2020
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Caracalla Therme, Photography

Slim Aarons

Caracalla Therme, 2020
76.2 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$3,610

Slim Aarons, Fan Mail, Photography

Slim Aarons

Fan Mail, 2020
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Poolside Pairs, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Pairs, 1970
50.8 x 76.2 cm
Photography

$3,974

Slim Aarons, Poolside Pairs, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Pairs, 1970
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$4,750

Slim Aarons, Skiers at Gstaad, Photography

Slim Aarons

Skiers at Gstaad, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Porto Ercole, Photography

Slim Aarons

Porto Ercole, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Poolside Drinks, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Drinks, 2020
101.6 x 152.4 cm
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$4,263

Slim Aarons, Poolside Party, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Party, 2020
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Poolside Party, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Party, 2020
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Squaw Valley Snow, Photography

Slim Aarons

Squaw Valley Snow, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Teddy Stauffer In Acapulco, Photography

Slim Aarons

Teddy Stauffer In Acapulco, 2020
76.2 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$3,610

Slim Aarons, Summer Picnic, Photography

Slim Aarons

Summer Picnic, 2020
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, View From Il Pellicano, Photography

Slim Aarons

View From Il Pellicano, 2020
40 x 30 cm
Photography

$3,610

Slim Aarons, Villa Nirvana, Photography

Slim Aarons

Villa Nirvana, 2020
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Caroline And Pet, Photography

Slim Aarons

Caroline And Pet, 2020
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Zermatt Skiing, Photography

Slim Aarons

Zermatt Skiing, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
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$4,263

Slim Aarons, Armando’s Beach Club, Photography

Slim Aarons

Armando’s Beach Club, 2020
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Bermuda Boating, Photography

Slim Aarons

Bermuda Boating, 2020
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Ardizzone’s House, Photography

Slim Aarons

Ardizzone’s House, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Angelika Schneider And Nikola Sutterluti, Photography

Slim Aarons

Angelika Schneider And Nikola Sutterluti, 2020
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Skiing In Gstaad, Photography

Slim Aarons

Skiing In Gstaad, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Sally And Sunny, Photography

Slim Aarons

Sally And Sunny, 2020
76.2 x 76.2 cm
Photography

$3,610

Slim Aarons, Pantz Pool, Photography

Slim Aarons

Pantz Pool, 2020
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Ancient Burmese Temples, Photography

Slim Aarons

Ancient Burmese Temples, 2020
76.2 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$3,610

Slim Aarons, Bahamas Signpost, Photography

Slim Aarons

Bahamas Signpost, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Bahamas Speed Week, Photography

Slim Aarons

Bahamas Speed Week, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Bermuda View, Photography

Slim Aarons

Bermuda View, 2020
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Bergese House, Photography

Slim Aarons

Bergese House, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Apres Ski, Photography

Slim Aarons

Apres Ski, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, C.Z. Guest, Photography

Slim Aarons

C.Z. Guest, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, Hostal de La Gavina, Photography

Slim Aarons

Hostal de La Gavina, 2020
152.4 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

Slim Aarons, El Venero, Photography

Slim Aarons

El Venero, 1967
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Photography

$5,499

Slim Aarons, Andros Island, Photography

Slim Aarons

Andros Island, 2020
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Photography

$4,263

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