Behind The Lens: Slim Aarons

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Slim Aarons: a visionare for the vintage and the glamorous. One of the most acclaimed photographers of the 1940s, he established himself as a chronicler of postwar American and European high society. His lens always focused on the rich and beautiful, Aarons shot film stars by the pool, women on their husbands' yachts and exclusive beach resorts. 

The rich, as F Scott Fitzgerald famously noted, “are different from you and me”, but, as Aarons’s photographs attest, they now also seem very different from what they once were: less elegant, certainly, their excesses more in tune with our brash, narcissistic culture.
— The Guardian
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Many might get the wrong idea about Aarons: on the opposite of what most may think, he never got charmed or infatuated with the rich lifestyle of his portrait's subjects. In fact, he always stuck to a tight schedule, ending the job to return to his humble farm, almost not to ever be tempted to be mixed with the society he loved to photograph. 

Grown up in rural New Hampshire, he started taking photographs as a young teenager, more as a distraction to his troubled days then to a real interest. The hobby became a profession and once he landed a job as Rome correspondent for Life magazine, he started the career they all know him for now. 

He never set out to be a photographer of the rich and famous, but it just so happened that he landed a job for an upscale magazine and gravitated to that world. He was essentially a magazine photographer: he worked for the same magazine using the same formula for three decades.
— Laura Hawk, Slim Aarons' assistant

A meticulous perfectionist, Aarons became a professional known and loved amongst the society he so often portrayed. Today you can find his work published on Slim Aarons: Women, introduced by Laura Hawk.

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