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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

personofporlock
Jul. 19th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
I can't believe I didn't hear about it!

By the way, the house in Palm Springs above is our house</b>, the old Kaufman haunt.
scythrop
Jul. 19th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
The lack of coverage is a travesty. I mean, it's not exactly shocking when someone dies at 89, but he deserved more notice. (I knew you hadn't heard, because I know you'd have mentioned it if you had.)

I just ten minutes ago found the Guardian's obituary, which coincidentally was only published yesterday. It's much better than what I linked to.

I remember your Kaufmanhaus jaunt! That is a great picture.
personofporlock
Jul. 19th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
Really, Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon were all over the news. Boo to that. I expect Julius Shulman will be the next of my favorite photographers to go.

(Also, thanks!)

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