”Attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places” – Slim Aaron
Slim Aarons is now acknowledged to be one of the most influential photographers of his generation. Before World War II, he was the official photographer at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, and during the war he served as a combat photographer for Yank magazine in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. After the war he became a freelance photographer for many magazines including Holiday, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Travel & Leisure, and Look, and Life. He lives in Bedford, New York. Legendary magazine editor Frank Zachary commissioned many of the photographs in our book for Holiday and Town & Country.From the end of World War II through the 1980s, Aarons photographed the rich and famous, the beautiful and the celebrated: Hollywood royalty, European aristocracy, the grande dames of high society, captains of industry, media moguls, statesmen and stars of every sort. Though upholding the glamorous image of wealth, power, talent and beauty, he saw himself as a journalist whose duty it was to inform, and this led him to develop the environmental portrait – photographs of his subjects at home, at work, at play and mingling with each other. This type of portrait has influenced a generation of photojournalists whose work can be seen in today’s lifestyle magazines. This volume shows Aarons photographs of the international élite in their exclusive playgrounds during the jet-set decades of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Aarons is perhaps most well known for his 1974 cult favorite book A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life, which surveys castles, chalets, motor boats and villas that house beautiful people doing glamorous things.
Since the moment i discovered Aarons’s work i felt in love with his work and his book t are now part of my collection of coffee-table books.It’s a possibility to travel to the time where the jet-set was born and the glamour of hollywood wasn’t accessible like today.
Here are some images of jet-setters and the wealthy, of beautiful, glittering people living the glamorous life. Enjoy!
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