Photographing attractive people
Doing attractive things In attractive places

Slim Aarons captured a golden age of wealth, privilege, beauty and leisure. His images are a veritable who’s who of high society. Working for the leading magazines of the day including Life, Holiday and Harper’s Bazaar, we imagine his work diary was filled with daringly glamourous social endeavours – from parties in Beverly Hills to winters in Gstaad and summers on the Italian Riviera.

Slim Aarons riding a bike

Slim Aarons
(1916-2006)

Raised in New York and New Hampshire, Slim Aarons began his photography career while in the Army. As a combat photographer he saw action in North Africa, the Middle East and Europe, witnessing the fall of Tobruk and the liberation of Rome.

He received a Purple Heart.

Slim Aarons War Photography Early War Photography, May 1944

After leaving the army, Slim became a freelance photojournalist in Hollywood and photographed the Hollywood elite; Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh to name but a few’.

“Fun, funny and fatherly. He always arrived in a celebratory mood that made me feel that all was right in the world."

Artist Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman
describing Slim Aarons

When Life magazine opened a bureau in Rome, Slim relocated and it was here when he began his lifelong project documenting the ‘Beautiful People’.

Slim worked for the leading magazines of the day often travelling to attend parties in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue.

He enjoyed winters in Gstaad or Palm Beach, and summers on the French or Italian riviera and the Caribbean.

In January of 1970, Nelda Linsk received a phone call from Slim Aaron…..

“I want to come over and do a pool shot. Call some friends over.”

“It was just very casual,” recalls Linsk, who owned the Kaufmann House at the time. “We just wore what we had; we did our own makeup and hair. We had no idea it was going to be so famous.”

Linsk and her friend, Helen Kaptur, casually sat poolside with actress Lita Baron as Slim Aarons stepped behind the lens. His photo became known as Poolside Gossip, and that moment in time became the poster for promoting the Palm Springs lifestyle across the globe.