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A Place in the Sun.

Slim Aarons has died. I suppose I can't really say he was my favorite photographer of all time, but I certainly do love his work—it just makes me so happy. I grew up seeing his photographs in Town & Country, but I didn't understand it collectively as the work of one photographer—or know the truly iconic images—until a special issue, it must have been around 1990. I remember taking it to Kinko's and doing color copy blow-ups of some of them. (Definitely the Lady Daphne Cameron one!)

For about five and a half years I've been the only person to list Slim Aarons as a LiveJournal interest, which I find both comforting and surprising, especially given the reissues of the past couple of holiday seasons.

Anyway, I'm sure you'll all recognize at least a couple of these, but I just felt like pulling together a few of my favorites. Enjoy with a nod or a sneer, it's up to you.

Rest in peace, Slim. I'm sure you are having a wonderful time, wherever you are.

C.Z. Guest with her son Alexander in Palm Beach, 1955
C.Z. Guest with her son Alexander in Palm Beach, 1955

George Clarke in Palm Beach, 1955
George Clarke in Palm Beach, 1955

Kevin McClory, his wife Bobo Segrist, and their family in Nassau
Kevin McClory, his wife Bobo Segrist, and their family in Nassau

Joan Collins, ca. 1955
Joan Collins, ca. 1955

Lita Baron with Nelda Linsk and Helen Dzo Dzo at a house in Palm Springs in 1970
Lita Baron with Nelda Linsk and Helen Dzo Dzo at a house in Palm Springs in 1970

Lucille Brown and husband Louis Armsmall in Rome, 1949
Lucille Brown and husband Louis Armstrong in Rome, 1949

Marilyn Monroe with her fan mail, 1952
Marilyn Monroe with her fan mail, 1952

Kings of Hollywood
Kings of Hollywood
Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper, and James Stewart at a New Year's party in Beverly Hills in 1957


Peter Pulitzer in 1968
Peter Pulitzer in 1968

Lady Daphne Cameron
Lady Daphne Cameron

Wyatt Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper, and Carter Cooper in 1972
EDIT: This photograph was taken by Jack Robinson, not Slim Aarons. I still like it.
Wyatt Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper, and Carter Cooper in 1972

Patsy Bartlett and Peter Pulitzer
Patsy Bartlett and Peter Pulitzer

Comments

popartagenda
Jul. 18th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: aw
i heard Holly Solomon tried to get him to let her represent him & he snubbed her. source of this, however, is my mothers best childhood friend gone sometimes Fashion Editor of the Times. the very gossipy lovely William Norwich, who dropped a hint of it in a column, corroborating the rumor i had originally heard about via another friend of my mothers, former gallery owner and total gossip. you can never be sure w/ these types!

as for it being a sad weird memory, no problem. if anything the anecdote is only reflective of my being totally party girl even as a tot. kind of morose i guess. the shot i have is from the same shoot as that famous cabana one but its a bit different. shes sitting on a chez lounge with her hand on a pile of towels, balancing them sort of or perhaps, having folded them. she looks utterly exquisite and her eyes radiate TOTAL control which is really something that is not frequently attributed to master hostess socialites but perhaps ought to be.

as for his greatest talent - yes you've pinpointed it. the interesting thing is that, looking at his canon, his work displays this even at the very beginning -- in his phots of the soldiers. so it isnt as though his own celebrity opened his eyes to this, it was something innate. this proves of course, my/our/the running thesis that the essence of style is something not as much learned via breeding but inborn and individual. a totally unique gift. it was his art.

ps. the coolest thing about his prints (the ones he himself processed, or that were processed via his specifications in his lab) is that he does them almost in hypercolor.

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