My Design Crush: Mr Slim Aarons

One of my favourite photographers, Slim Aarons, captured the leisure pursuits of the rich and famous at play in stunning environments, letting the natural beauty of his subjects become his focal point. His photographs offer a glimpse into the lives of the American jet-setters in the post-war era.

Socialite Alice Topping relaxing at a poolside in Palm Beach, 1959.

Socialite Alice Topping relaxing at a poolside in Palm Beach, 1959.

Slim Aarons, Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the beast, 1959. Lady Daphne Cameron (Mrs. George Cameron) on a tiger skin rug in the trophy room at socialite Laddie Sanford’s home in Palm Beach, Florida.

CZ Guest and son.

Poolside Gossip, Slim Aarons

Poolside Gossip in Palm Springs

Poolside Backgammon

Poolside Backgammon

Slim Aarons

Aarons won the trust of those he photographed, and in turn, was allowed to shoot some of the most intimate and candid portraitures of the 20th century. He never used a stylist and the result of these brilliant pictures is what he described “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places”. Aarons works appeared in Life Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country.

Slim Aarons

Born George Allen Aarons (October 29, 1916 – May 29, 2006), he served as a military photographer at West Point and later served as a combat photographer in World War II which earned him a Purple Heart. Aarons said combat had taught him the only beach worth landing on was “decorated with beautiful, seminude girls tanning in a tranquil sun”.

Kings Of Hollywood, Slim Aarons

After the war, Aarons moved to California and began photographing celebrities. On New Year’s Eve, 1957 he shot his most praised photograph, Kings Of Hollywood, portraying Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper and James Stewart enjoying a joke at a New Year’s party held at Romanoff’s in Beverly Hills.

Slim Aarons

April 1968 €”Mr. and Mrs. Donald Leas with their Rolls Royce and two pet dogs outside The Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida.

Below you can see some images featuring Aarons works, and how amazing they look in interiors.

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Prints are available of his works and Slim Aarons has several coffee table books you should check out.

You can find more of his works on Getty Images Gallery.

14 Comments

  1. 28th September 2016 / 7:31 am

    I’m sooo i love with these photographs! Great work!

  2. 28th September 2016 / 8:09 am

    Oh I love all of those images. It’s so good to share a bit of art. They all look amazing. I never heard about it but I’m totally going to look into this art!

  3. 28th September 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Wow his work is really good! I’ve never heard of this photographer before, although I’ve seen some of his works though now when I’m thinking about it. Wonderful post!

    ~ Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy
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  4. 28th September 2016 / 9:56 pm

    What absolute sticking photos! 😍 Ree Love30

  5. 29th September 2016 / 6:29 am

    What a stunning shots. These would totally fit into my interior. So classic and so glam

    • 29th September 2016 / 4:49 pm

      His works are so timeless and just gorgeous.

  6. 29th September 2016 / 7:40 am

    What an awesome post dear. Love it, so inspiring. I adore so much all about vintage/retro style.
    XOX

  7. 29th September 2016 / 8:08 am

    Gorgeous photos, loving it as well! Can totally understand why he is your favourite photographer! 🙂

    xo

    • 29th September 2016 / 4:47 pm

      Thank you. His works are just so gorgeous and timeless.

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