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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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Slim Aarons, Saint-Tropez, Photography

Slim Aarons

Saint-Tropez, 1970 30 x 20 inch Photography

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Slim Aarons, Decked in Finery, Print

Slim Aarons

Decked in Finery, 1956 29.9 x 20.1 inch Print

$2,846

Slim Aarons, Poolside Pairs, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Pairs, 1970 30 x 40 inch Photography

$3,289

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Ursula Andress, 1955 16 x 16 x 0.1 inch Photography

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Slim Aarons, Saint-Tropez, Photography

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Saint-Tropez, 1971 40 x 30 inch Photography

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Saint-Tropez, 1970 40 x 30 inch Photography

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Slim Aarons, State Line, Photography

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State Line, 1959 9.4 x 9.4 inch Photography

$2,729

Slim Aarons, Social Call, Photography

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Social Call, 1972 40 x 30 inch Photography

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Slim Aarons, Zermatt Skiing, Photography

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Zermatt Skiing, 1968 40 x 30 inch Photography

$3,156

Slim Aarons, Charter Ketch, Photography

Slim Aarons

Charter Ketch, 1960 30 x 30 inch Photography

$2,825

Slim Aarons, Poolside Pairs, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Pairs, 1970 30 x 40 inch Photography

$3,156

Slim Aarons, Skating Waiter, Photography

Slim Aarons

Skating Waiter, 1978 40 x 30 inch Photography

$3,156

Slim Aarons, Skiing Holiday, Photography

Slim Aarons

Skiing Holiday, 1967 30 x 40 inch Photography

$3,156

Slim Aarons, Summer Home, Photography

Slim Aarons

Summer Home, 1984 30 x 40 inch Photography

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Slim Aarons, Summer Picnic, Photography

Slim Aarons

Summer Picnic, 1990 20 x 30 inch Photography

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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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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