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.
More of Aarons work after the jump
Flickr user Pam Sattler has a great photo collection of the Neon Boneyard out in Las Vegas. The Boneyard is a time capsule for Las Vegas’ past with their collection including The Algiers Hotel, The Golden Nugget, and more. If you plan on being out in Las Vegas and blow through all your gambling money, check out the Boneyard.
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Photographers James and Karla Murray’s book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, chronicles the Mom and Pop stores in New York City struggling to compete in an economy dominated by big-box stores. Many of these shops served a dual purpose, acting as an anchor for the community. The project took the Murrays 8 years to complete and in that time, 1/3 of the stores featured had been closed.
Newsweek has a great slideshow with audio of the project.
Established in 2006, PhotoNOLA bills itself as “an annual celebration of photography in New Orleans”. Coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance, the event showcases work from local (and non-local) photographers the first two weekends of December. Exhibitions are held throughout the city in partnership with local museums, galleries and alternative venues. Exhibits are open to the public and are often free. In addition, PhotoNOLA offers workshops, lectures, a portfolio review, gala and more.
For 27 months Denver Post reporters and a photographer chronicled Ian Fisher’s U.S. Army recruitment, induction, training, deployment, and return from combat. The piece is a poignant look at the trials and tribulations for both Ian and his family. Ian Fisher: American Soldier