I sadly only discovered the work of Slim Aarons, after he had died in May 2006. – He was born George Allen Aarons on October 29, 1916. He was an American photographer known for photographing. socialites, jet-setters and celebrities.
Slim enlisted at 18 in the U.S. Army. He was a West Point photographer and later, a combat photographer during World War II. He earned a Purple Heart. Slim joked that he learned from combat that the best beach to land on was one with seminude girls, tanned in the sun.
He began photographing celebrities in California after the war. He shot Kings of Hollywood in California, his most acclaimed photo. It is a 1957, he’s New Year’s Eve photo shows Clark Gable, Van Heflin and Gary Cooper relaxing at a bar wearing formal wear. Slim’s work was published in Life, Town & Country and Holiday magazines.
He called it “photographing attractive people doing attractive things at attractive places.” His 1970 Poolside Gossip photo at Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House is a classic example of this approach. Nelda Linsk, the owner of the Kaufmann House, is one of the models. In 2002 interview with The London Independent, he stated that he knew all of them. “They would invite me to their party because they knew that I wouldn’t harm them” he said.
Rear Window (1954) by Alfred Hitchcock, whose main character Jimmy Stewart plays as a photographer, is set at an apartment that is believed to have been inspired by Slim.
In 1997, Mark Getty, the co-founder of Getty Images, visited his home and bought Slims entire archive.
In 2017, filmmaker Fritz Mitchell released a documentary about Slim, called Slim Aarons: The High Life.
Slim Aarons died in 2006 in Montrose, New York, and was buried in Mount Auburn. Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
This article was written by © Christopher G – Narrating Images