Socialites, Jet-Setters and Celebrities: The Photography of Slim Aarons

Slim Aarons (1916 – 2006) made his career “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” Aarons moved to California after serving in World War II. He had full access to the people and places he photographed, for as he described it, “They would invite me to one of their parties because they knew I wouldn’t hurt them. I was one of them.” Interestingly, Aarons never used a stylist or make-up artist for his subjects. You can find a great collection of his work and purchase prints at the Photographers Gallery.

Villa Bodecia by Slim Aarons

Villa Bodecia by Slim Aarons

Capote At Home by Slim Aarons

Capote At Home by Slim Aarons

More of Aarons work after the jump

Catherine Wilke by Slim Aarons

Catherine Wilke by Slim Aarons

Penthouse Pool by Slim Aarons

Penthouse Pool by Slim Aarons

Serge Obolensky by Slim Aarons

Serge Obolensky by Slim Aarons

Bikini Society by Slim Aarons

Bikini Society by Slim Aarons

Kaufman House by Slim Aarons

Kaufman House by Slim Aarons

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24 responses to “Socialites, Jet-Setters and Celebrities: The Photography of Slim Aarons

  1. Wow, that’s great photos of fabulous locations. Sure makes me want a vacation!

  2. Jae

    That’s amazing how he was able to capture their lifestyle. It truely speaks through the picture.

  3. nice post. great pics you have here. thanks for sharing.

  4. it seems like in a fancy movie, great photography skills!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. I was not familiar with his work–thanks for sharing some of the great images.

  6. I’m amazed at the depth in this photography. Was it a special camera? telefoto lens or what?

  7. Good to be introduced to a photographer with a different perpsective on different lifestyles.

    Ray
    http://www.photomuserh.wordpress.com

  8. Amazingly enough Slim started as a Army photographer receiving the purple heart. He was quoted as saying the only beach worth landing on was one decorated with beautiful, seminude girls tanning in a tranquil sun. Pretty funny. Great collection and post!

  9. wikyxara

    Bellas fotos que revelan perfecta armonia entre el la clase y la estetica visual

  10. Those are some beautiful pictures Somewhat raw and smoky. I like it.

  11. Imagine the reaction if any one of these subjects had realized that they would end up on a blog? A WHAT?

  12. Keep it going!! The photos blend well with the environment. Capturing the essence of the mood and their luxury lifestyle. Thanks for sharing them.
    Visually very appealing!! Love to see more!

    Lee
    http://eastlee.wordpress.com

  13. It is interesting how one camera can make different pictures in the hands of different people…thanks for the post

  14. thinkrevelry

    I want Capote at home on my wall.

    Marvelous.

  15. Good and suckses for you

  16. Awesome photo!
    It really made my day.
    Thank you.

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