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Slim Aarons

The United States Born in: 1916

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, Helen Dzo Dzo 1970, Photography

Slim Aarons

Helen Dzo Dzo 1970, 2020
30 x 40 inch
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Slim Aarons, Digging for clams, Print

Slim Aarons

Digging for clams, 1960
39.8 x 39.8 inch
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$ 3,660

Slim Aarons, Pool Party, Photography

Slim Aarons

Pool Party, 2020
60 x 40 inch
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$ 4,578

Slim Aarons, Saks Fashion Show, Photography

Slim Aarons

Saks Fashion Show, 2020
40 x 60 inch
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$ 4,578

Slim Aarons, Swimmer And Sunbather, Photography

Slim Aarons

Swimmer And Sunbather, 2020
60 x 40 inch
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Slim Aarons, Monte Carlo Beach Club, Photography

Slim Aarons

Monte Carlo Beach Club, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Swimming Pool On The Beach, Photography

Slim Aarons

Swimming Pool On The Beach, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Kaptur and Linsk 1970, Photography

Slim Aarons

Kaptur and Linsk 1970, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Esther Williams, Photography

Slim Aarons

Esther Williams, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Pink Accessory, Photography

Slim Aarons

Pink Accessory, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Soho Waiters’ Race, Photography

Slim Aarons

Soho Waiters’ Race, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Porto Ercole, Photography

Slim Aarons

Porto Ercole, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Porto Ercole, Photography

Slim Aarons

Porto Ercole, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Porto Ercole, Photography

Slim Aarons

Porto Ercole, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Polo Gear, Photography

Slim Aarons

Polo Gear, 2020
40 x 60 inch
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Slim Aarons, Tennis in San Diego, Photography

Slim Aarons

Tennis in San Diego, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Vane’s Villa, Photography

Slim Aarons

Vane’s Villa, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Verbier Skier, Photography

Slim Aarons

Verbier Skier, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Peter Island Resort, Photography

Slim Aarons

Peter Island Resort, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Christmas Traffic, Photography

Slim Aarons

Christmas Traffic, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Beach Near Portinatx, Photography

Slim Aarons

Beach Near Portinatx, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Backgammon By The Pool, Photography

Slim Aarons

Backgammon By The Pool, 2020
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Slim Aarons, A Nice Spot For Lunch, Photography

Slim Aarons

A Nice Spot For Lunch, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Bahamas Speed Week, Photography

Slim Aarons

Bahamas Speed Week, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Peter Island, British Virgin Islands, Photography

Slim Aarons

Peter Island, British Virgin Islands, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Biarritz Seafront, Photography

Slim Aarons

Biarritz Seafront, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Boats in Tuscany, Photography

Slim Aarons

Boats in Tuscany, 2020
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Our recommendations Slim Aarons, Anzio Quayside, Photography

Slim Aarons

Anzio Quayside, 2020
40 x 40 inch
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Slim Aarons, C.Z. And Guest, Photography

Slim Aarons

C.Z. And Guest, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Coming Ashore, Photography

Slim Aarons

Coming Ashore, 2020
40 x 30 inch
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Slim Aarons, Porto Ercole Boats, Photography

Slim Aarons

Porto Ercole Boats, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Portofino Villa, Photography

Slim Aarons

Portofino Villa, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Princess Beach Club, Photography

Slim Aarons

Princess Beach Club, 2020
40 x 60 inch
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Slim Aarons, Sao Paulo, Photography

Slim Aarons

Sao Paulo, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Skiers at Gstaad, Photography

Slim Aarons

Skiers at Gstaad, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Skiers At Sugarbush, Photography

Slim Aarons

Skiers At Sugarbush, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Skiers in St Moritz, Photography

Slim Aarons

Skiers in St Moritz, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Snow Plough, Photography

Slim Aarons

Snow Plough, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Capri Holiday, Photography

Slim Aarons

Capri Holiday, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 inch
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Slim Aarons, Sunbathing In Capri, Photography

Slim Aarons

Sunbathing In Capri, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Staying At The Carlton, Photography

Slim Aarons

Staying At The Carlton, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Connelly And Guest, Photography

Slim Aarons

Connelly And Guest, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Photography

Slim Aarons

Cortina d’Ampezzo, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Desert House in Palm Springs, Photography

Slim Aarons

Desert House in Palm Springs, 2020
40 x 60 inch
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Slim Aarons, Dixieland Jam, Photography

Slim Aarons

Dixieland Jam, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Family Pool, Photography

Slim Aarons

Family Pool, 2020
30 x 30 inch
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Slim Aarons, Let’s Dance, Photography

Slim Aarons

Let’s Dance, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Marbella House Party, Photography

Slim Aarons

Marbella House Party, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Monte Carlo Beach, Photography

Slim Aarons

Monte Carlo Beach, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Motorboats In Antibes, Photography

Slim Aarons

Motorboats In Antibes, 2020
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Slim Aarons, La Voile d’Or, Photography

Slim Aarons

La Voile d’Or, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Lounging in Gstaad, Photography

Slim Aarons

Lounging in Gstaad, 2020
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Slim Aarons, CZ’s Dogs, Photography

Slim Aarons

CZ’s Dogs, 2020
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Slim Aarons, CZ Guest and Dog, Photography

Slim Aarons

CZ Guest and Dog, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Harbour Island, Photography

Slim Aarons

Harbour Island, 2020
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Slim Aarons, New England Skiing, Photography

Slim Aarons

New England Skiing, 2020
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Slim Aarons, New York Debs, Photography

Slim Aarons

New York Debs, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Party At The Playboy Mansion, Photography

Slim Aarons

Party At The Playboy Mansion, 2020
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Slim Aarons, Joan Collins Relaxes 1955, Photography

Slim Aarons

Joan Collins Relaxes 1955, 2020
40 x 40 inch
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Slim Aarons, Rhode Island Surfers, Photography

Slim Aarons

Rhode Island Surfers, 2020
40 x 60 inch
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$ 4,578

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