31 AUG 2021

The Timeless Glamour of Slim Aarons' Photography

While we hunker down during another week of lockdown, the glamorous and sun-filled photographs of Slim Aarons are providing us with some light relief and welcome escapism.

Recognised for his images of socialites, jet-setters and celebrities, Slim Aarons photographed what he described as “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” Each image is bursting with wealth and leisure, and everyone looks as if they’re on permanent holiday – exactly what we’re dreaming of right now.

’Poolside Gossip’ by Slim Aarons, 1970

Aaron’s iconic ‘Poolside Gossip’ photograph, taken in 1970, features Richard Neutra’s architectural marvel the ‘Kaufmann Desert House’. The photograph has since become perhaps the most recognisable representation of modern, affluent American culture in the 70s. We love every element – cocktails by the pool, the idyllic Palm Springs landscape and golden sun, as well as the architecture and glamorous wardrobes.

A few years ago pre-covid we were lucky enough to have a holiday in California and of course we had to head over to Palm Springs for some architecture tourism. We especially loved his Kaufmann House which beautifully integrates with the surrounding landscape, featuring his signature, linear form, flat roof and lavish use of floor to ceiling glass.

’Speedboat Landing’ by Slim Aarons, 1973

The Manhattan born photographer started out far from capturing the idyllic and picturesque images we know him for. Instead he was enlisted in the U.S Army as a combat photographer during World War II. Having witnessed the destruction and horrors of war, Aarons set out to photograph only the beautiful and bright.

’Eden Roc Pool’ by Slim Aarons, 1976

Nobody captured the golden age of wealth, privilege, beauty and leisure of the mid century like Aarons. We hope this small preview of Slim Aarons work provides you some much needed escapism as it did us. We hope you are all keeping safe and sane during these times. While our doors are closed, our online store remains open, so we invite you to shop from the comfort of your own home and we’ll dispatch orders as soon as it’s safe to do so.

’Snorkelling in Malta’ by Slim Aarons, 1959

’Stocking Island, Bahamas’ by Slim Aarons, 1964

’Boating in Antigua’ by Slim Aarons, 1961

American actor Hugh O'Brian is captured here hoisting the sail on a dinghy.

’Pool at Lake Tahoe’ by Slim Aarons, 1959

’Leisure in Antibes’ by Slim Aarons, 1969

The ultimate image of luxury – a woman sunbathes on a motorboat as it tows a waterskier behind.

’Keep Your Cool’ by Slim Aarons, 1978

Carmen Alvarez enjoying a game of backgammon with Frank 'Brandy' Brandstetter in a swimming pool at Acapulco.

’Lake Tahoe Trip’ by Slim Aarons, 1959

’Bouldereign’ by Slim Aarons, 1973

Carl Hovgard's home, Bouldereign in Arizona, built around the boulders on a desert site.

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