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Slim Aarons ‘ iconic poolside photographs

By Bebe Leone

“Slim Aarons shot the kind of life that most of us dream of living” Scott Shuman

Poolside gossip , 1970: shot at architect Richard Neutra’s desert house for E. Kaufmann, Palm Springsslim-aarons-poolside-gossip-richard-neutra-Yellowtrace The Story of Slim Aarons ‘ poolside photographsCatherine Wilke

Settings: From Palm Beach to Palm Springs, from Antibes to Porto Ercole, from Mexico to Morrocco, the Jet Set’s pools in between the 50s and the early 80s

Leading Actor: Photographer of the beautiful and the celebrated, the rich and the powerful, Slim Aarons (1916-2006) made a career, in his words, “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” 

Plot:   Through his stylish , flawless images, Slim Aarons takes us on a journey to the Jet Set ‘s most intimate playground: the pool. Notoriously with plenty of time to spend in amusement and leisure, the rich and the famous love to gather around a pool, be it in a 5 stars hotel in the French Riviera or in a charming designer villa by the desert, for an afternoon of sun, or a cocktail party in the evening. As an undisputed star, the pool is often the central element in Aarons’ images: from its blue, crystal clear water unravels a whole world of refined people living a glamorous, carefree life, to which Aarons was given privileged access and of which he gives an unprecedented peek. No stylists, no makeup artists, just iconic lifestyle photos on prosperous WASP America in between the 50s and the 80s, an incredible source of inspiration for the lovers of vintage glamour. “Beyond any anthropological notions, the artist seeks above all to represent a lifestyle that treads the fine line between paradise-on-earth and a fake, fairytale decor..Rather than simply capturing a social milieu, the artist strives to represent a way of living life ‘as spectacle”. (in Yellow Korner)   Nice Pool, 1955. American writer C.Z Guests and her son, in front of their Grecian temple pool on the ocean-front estate, Villa Artemis, Palm Beach. The Good Life   Penthouse Pool, Athens, 1961slim-aarons-penthouse-pool-1961 Babe Paley poolside at her cottage Round Hill, Jamaica, 1959Family Snapper Alvin and Lilly Fuller outside their new home in Palm Beach, Florida, pose with their fashionable European sports car, the Mercedes 190SL, 1970.1697b345cf12490c0434152b620e7a0a Flinstone Home, 1973. Carl Hovgard’s home, Arizona, built around the boulders on a desert site12070613623_d360c939c5_b Home of architect Arturo Pani in Acapulco, Mexico, January 1971. 12070323945_478147379f_b Keep Your Cool, 1978. Carmen Alvarez enjoying a game of backgammon with Frank ‘Brandy’ Brandstetter in a swimming pool at Acapulco. ifacartsaaronskeepyourcool78_lPoolside at Laguna Beach12082748016_81b2754272_b Rita Aarons, wife of photographer Slim Aarons, on a lilo in a swimming pool decorated for Christmas, Hollywood, 1954.slim_aarons_rita_xmastreeAll photos ©Slim Aarons To know more: Poolside with Slim Aarons

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