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Slim Aarons

United States Born in: 1916 Bestsellers

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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Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Coming Ashore, Photography

Slim Aarons

Coming Ashore, 1973
59.8 x 39.8 inch
Photography

$4,167

Slim Aarons, Palm beach idyll, Print

Slim Aarons

Palm beach idyll, 1955
39.8 x 39.8 inch
Print

$4,379

Slim Aarons, Poolside Pairs, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Pairs, 2020
40 x 60 inch
Photography

$3,950

Slim Aarons, Soho Waiters’ Race, Photography

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Soho Waiters’ Race, 2020
30 x 40 inch
Photography

$3,888

Slim Aarons, Skating Waiter, Photography

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Skating Waiter, 2020
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Porto Ercole, Photography

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Porto Ercole, 2020
40 x 30 inch
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$3,888

Slim Aarons, Porto Ercole, Photography

Slim Aarons

Porto Ercole, 2020
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Polo Gear, Photography

Slim Aarons

Polo Gear, 2020
40 x 60 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Pool Party, Photography

Slim Aarons

Pool Party, 2020
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Poolside Party, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Party, 2020
40 x 60 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Poolside Party, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Party, 2020
30 x 40 inch
Photography

$3,888

Slim Aarons, Poolside Party, Photography

Slim Aarons

Poolside Party, 2020
40 x 60 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Squaw Valley Picnic, Photography

Slim Aarons

Squaw Valley Picnic, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, St Moritz, Photography

Slim Aarons

St Moritz, 2020
40 x 30 inch
Photography

$3,888

Slim Aarons, St Tropez Street, Photography

Slim Aarons

St Tropez Street, 2020
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Swimmers At Las Brisas, Photography

Slim Aarons

Swimmers At Las Brisas, 2020
30 x 40 inch
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$3,888

Slim Aarons, Swimming In The Bahamas, Photography

Slim Aarons

Swimming In The Bahamas, 2020
60 x 40 inch
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$4,590

Slim Aarons, Vane’s Villa, Photography

Slim Aarons

Vane’s Villa, 2020
40 x 60 inch
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$4,590

Slim Aarons, Verbier Skier, Photography

Slim Aarons

Verbier Skier, 2020
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Walking the Dog, Photography

Slim Aarons

Walking the Dog, 2020
40 x 40 inch
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$4,590

Slim Aarons, Zermatt Skiing, Photography

Slim Aarons

Zermatt Skiing, 2020
60 x 40 inch
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$4,590

Slim Aarons, Bermuda Boating, Photography

Slim Aarons

Bermuda Boating, 2020
40 x 60 inch
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$4,590

Slim Aarons, Beach Near Portinatx, Photography

Slim Aarons

Beach Near Portinatx, 2020
40 x 30 inch
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$3,888

Slim Aarons, Backgammon By The Pool, Photography

Slim Aarons

Backgammon By The Pool, 2020
40 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

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

Slim Aarons

A Nice Spot For Lunch, 2020
40 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Pantz Pool, Photography

Slim Aarons

Pantz Pool, 2020
40 x 60 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Bahamas Speed Week, Photography

Slim Aarons

Bahamas Speed Week, 2020
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Ocho Rios, Photography

Slim Aarons

Ocho Rios, 2020
40 x 60 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Backgammon By The Pool, Photography

Slim Aarons

Backgammon By The Pool, 2020
40 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Princess Bianca, Photography

Slim Aarons

Princess Bianca, 2020
40 x 60 inch
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$4,590

Slim Aarons, Princess Pia, Photography

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Princess Pia, 2020
40 x 30 inch
Photography

$3,888

Slim Aarons, Saint-Tropez, Photography

Slim Aarons

Saint-Tropez, 2020
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Saint-Tropez, Photography

Slim Aarons

Saint-Tropez, 2020
30 x 40 inch
Photography

$3,888

Slim Aarons, Saint-Tropez Beach, Photography

Slim Aarons

Saint-Tropez Beach, 2020
40 x 60 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Saint-Tropez Seafront, Photography

Slim Aarons

Saint-Tropez Seafront, 2020
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Saks Fashion Show, Photography

Slim Aarons

Saks Fashion Show, 2020
40 x 60 inch
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$4,590

Slim Aarons, Skiers At Sugarbush, Photography

Slim Aarons

Skiers At Sugarbush, 2020
40 x 60 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Snorkelling Holiday, Photography

Slim Aarons

Snorkelling Holiday, 2020
40 x 60 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Capri Holiday, Photography

Slim Aarons

Capri Holiday, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch
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$3,888

Slim Aarons, Sunbathing In Capri, Photography

Slim Aarons

Sunbathing In Capri, 2020
60 x 40 inch
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$4,590

Slim Aarons, Caracalla Therme, Photography

Slim Aarons

Caracalla Therme, 2020
30 x 40 inch
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$3,888

Slim Aarons, Tuscan Holiday, Photography

Slim Aarons

Tuscan Holiday, 2020
40 x 30 inch
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$3,888

Slim Aarons, Curacao, Photography

Slim Aarons

Curacao, 2020
30 x 40 inch
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$3,888

Slim Aarons, Dixieland Jam, Photography

Slim Aarons

Dixieland Jam, 2020
40 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Curacao Children, Photography

Slim Aarons

Curacao Children, 2020
30 x 40 inch
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$3,888

Slim Aarons, Princess Pia Ruspoli, Photography

Slim Aarons

Princess Pia Ruspoli, 2020
40 x 60 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Finding a Spot, Photography

Slim Aarons

Finding a Spot, 2020
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Private Island, Philippines, Photography

Slim Aarons

Private Island, Philippines, 2020
40 x 60 inch
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$4,590

Slim Aarons, Flamingos In Curacao, Photography

Slim Aarons

Flamingos In Curacao, 2020
30 x 40 inch
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$3,888

Slim Aarons, Four For Canasta, Photography

Slim Aarons

Four For Canasta, 2020
30 x 30 inch
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$3,888

Slim Aarons, Il Pellicano Hotel, Photography

Slim Aarons

Il Pellicano Hotel, 2020
30 x 40 inch
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$3,888

Slim Aarons, Monte Carlo Beach Club, Photography

Slim Aarons

Monte Carlo Beach Club, 2020
40 x 60 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, CZ’s House, Photography

Slim Aarons

CZ’s House, 2020
30 x 40 inch
Photography

$3,888

Slim Aarons, CZ Guest and Dog, Photography

Slim Aarons

CZ Guest and Dog, 2020
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Hotel Camino Real, Photography

Slim Aarons

Hotel Camino Real, 2020
40 x 60 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, New England Skiing, Photography

Slim Aarons

New England Skiing, 2020
30 x 30 inch
Photography

$3,888

Slim Aarons, Pantz Pool, Photography

Slim Aarons

Pantz Pool, 2020
30 x 40 inch
Photography

$3,888

Slim Aarons, Las Brisas Hotel 1968, Photography

Slim Aarons

Las Brisas Hotel 1968, 2020
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

Slim Aarons, Helen Dzo Dzo 1970, Photography

Slim Aarons

Helen Dzo Dzo 1970, 2020
30 x 40 inch
Photography

$3,888

Slim Aarons, Bahamas Speed Week, Photography

Slim Aarons

Bahamas Speed Week, 2020
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,590

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