Tuesday, March 19, 2013

{escapist art} Slim Aarons photography...

"...photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places..."

Just when everyone in New York City was getting their brains set on spring, Mother Nature knocked us down a few notches with a ridiculous late last night snow / slush / mess of a storm. Slipping and sliding my way home through the East Village, my mind wandered to a time and place far from 13th street in March. Like Palm Springs in the 1960s. Or Lake Como, you know, anytime.

I have always been enchanted by the glamorous photography of Slim Aarons. A photographer who got his start capturing combat during WWII, Aarons became famous and fabulous when he began photographing socialites, celebrities and international jet setters from Hollywood to Tuscany, most famously with this iconic image, Kings of Hollywood

{ Clark Gable, Van Helfin, Gary Cooper and James Stuart }

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Aarons didn't only photograph these charmed lives, he was part of them. His subjects trusted and befriended him, allowing him to create a feeling of intimate access in his images. His work has been compiled into numerous books, brimming with the kind of scenes that could drive a girl to drink at this time of year. Colorful, glamorous imagery in exotic and tropical locations? It's almost too much. Almost. So, let's go there together, you and me -- dive head-first into some escapist art on this dreary Tuesday.

{ Bettina Graziana is photographed in front of her villa on Coast Smerelda in 1964 }

{ Giani Versace and Lalla Spagnol on Lake Como }

[All image credits & copyrights: Slim Aarons]


  1. very nice photography pictures.. :)

  2. Sooo great. Ugh I wish I was part of the jet set of the 50s and 60s. Life was so much more glamorous then.

  3. I love Slim Aaron's images-they are the perfect escape this time of year and oh-so-lovely!

    Haute Child in the City

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