Social Graces: Slim Aarons’ Mid-Century Society Photographs
Legendary photographer Slim Aarons relaxes in a self portrait shot in Athens, circa 1955
"The fact that I'm on holiday doesn't mean I'm not thinking about clothes. I'm just thinking about different clothes. The days when men wore cream-coloured lounge suits in the heat are long gone (perhaps because Dirk Bogarde in Visconti's film of Death In Venice always looked so uncomfortable), but that's no reason to give up entirely. After all, it’s only usually on holiday that we Brits go head to head with chic Italians in the style stakes – national pride is at stake! - Esquire
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Slim Aaron’s photographs offer a glimpse into the lives of the American jet-set in the post-war era. Aarons photographed the rich and beautiful in palatial Malibu mansions, at society events, and on lush European beaches, winning the trust of celebrities and capturing the likes of Gary Cooper, Mick Jagger, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in private moments. His oeuvre evokes the glamour and grace of midcentury America, depicting what he often said were “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” Aarons stopped working in the years leading up to his death, as he was displeased with the trends of magazine journalism that emerged in the 1990s and 2000s. His body of work represents an essential and iconic time-capsule of a bygone era.
American, 1916-2006, New York, New York