Photographer of the century: Slim Aarons

by Mariam Abuladze

Slim Aarons born on October 29, 1916, was one of the most famous American photographers, known for showcasing the beautiful lifestyle of celebrities and high society. Aarons started his career as an army photographer, he was just 18 when he entered the U.S. army and served for Wes Point. Later he became an important war photographer during World War 2, which earned him a medal. Soon after war Aarons, who was tired of picturing battle scene and bombed cities, decided to move to California and shoot “beautiful girls tanning on the beach” which made his success.

Aarons described his style as: “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.”

Aarons was a very charming person, he was always getting invited to lavish parties and people were letting him become their personal photographer. He was a trusted person in Hollywood society. In other words, Slim Aarons managed to portray a “golden age” of wealth which American society underwent from the ’50s.

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The fullers
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Verbier-Skiers
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Snowmass-Picnic
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Garden-Party

Slim Aarons died at the age of 89 in 2006, New York. Thanks to his profession he lived an amazingly interesting life.Visiting French and Italian sea costs, Bahama Islands, Switzerland mountains, Amazonian jungles and so on.

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Snowmass Gathering
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Yachting Trip
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Poolside Backgammon
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Saint Tropez Boucherie
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sunbathing in antibes

In November 2012 Abraams Books released an edition of Aarons pictures named “La Dolce Vita” essence of “the good life”. Slim Aarons first visited Italy as a combat photographer during World War II and later moved to Rome to shoot for Life magazine. Yet even after relocating to New York he would return to Italy almost every year for the rest of his life. in the book La Dolce Vita has been gathered pictures documenting beautiful people, such as Marcello Mastroianni, Joan Fontaine, and Tyrone Power, who lived la dolce vita in Italy’s most fabulous places during the last 50 years. The introduction by Christopher Sweet shares stories from Aaron’s years in Italy and new insights about his life and career.

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New England Skiing
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Cannon Drive
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Patsy Pulitzer
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Dinner Jazz