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Slim Aarons - Photographer
I quite like his photos of celebrities and pretty houses...they capture the feeling of jetset in the 50's so well and they make me feel summery and light :p

Babe Paley (Mrs. William Paley) by the pool. Her husband, William Paley is snapping the photographer at their cottage, Round Hill, Jamaica.

Film director Howard Hawks (1896 - 1977) and his wife Dee spend a summer day by the pool in Monaco with producer Charles K Feldman (1904 - 1968) and Feldman's protegee Germaine Lefebvre, aka French actress Capucine (1933 - 1990). (Shot in 1957)

Jacqueline Kennedy (Jackie Onassis) (1929 - 1994) wife of Senator Jack Kennedy at an 'April in Paris' ball. (Shot c.1959)
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Slim Aarons, born George Allen Aarons (October 29, 1916, Manhattan- May 30, 2006, Montrose, New York), was an American photographer noted for photographing socialites, jet-setters and celebrities.

Photography career

At 18 years old, Aarons enlisted in the U.S. Army, working as a photographer at West Point and later serving as a combat photographer in World War II and earning a Purple Heart. Aarons said that combat had taught him that 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 Jimmy 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, a makeup artist or anything but natural light for his photographs.

Aarons made his career out of what he called "photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places." "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, whose main character is a photographer played by Jimmy Stewart, is set in an apartment reputed to be based on Aarons's apartment.
[edit]Photo books

A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life (1974)
Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time (2003)
Slim Aarons: A Place In the Sun (2005)


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They look like candid shots.. not staged/directed ?

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thanks for replying to all my threads, gius.
hmmmm, i'm not sure... i will have to look into that...i'd imagine some were candids and some were staged

more from the "a wonderful time" book (same source)

this one is funny Mrs F C Winston Guest (aka Cee Zee Guest) and her son Alexander Michael Douglas Dudley Guest in front of their Grecian temple pool on the ocean-front estate, Villa Artemis, Palm Beach. 1955.

Film stars (left to right) Clark Gable (1901-1960), Van Heflin (1910-1971), Gary Cooper (1901-1961) and James Stewart (1908-1997) enjoy a joke at a New Year's party held at Romanoff's in Beverly Hills. (1957).

Film producer Kevin McClory takes his wife Bobo Segrist and their family for a drive in an 'Amphicar' across the harbour at Nassau. (1967).

Film producer Darryl Zanuck (1902 - 1979), a keen player at Howard Hawks' East-West croquet match in Beverly Hills. (c.1955).

leur Cowles talks to photographer and designer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) at a New Year's party, on New York's Park Avenue. (1952).

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