"Kings of Hollywood" By Slim Aarons, Estate Stamped & Limited, Framed 16x20” - Photograph by Slim Aarons
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"Kings of Hollywood" By Slim Aarons, Estate Stamped & Limited, Framed 16x20”

1957

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‘Kings of Hollywood’ from 1957, is a signature post-war era photograph by American photographer Slim Aarons (1916-2006) capturing Classic Hollywood stars of the golden age. Here Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper, and James Stewart enjoy a joke at a New Year's party held at Romanoff's in Beverly Hills, 1957. However the source of the amusement is the photographer Slim! The joke begins with Clark Gable in Italy filming “It Started in Naples” and Slim, being friendly with Gable was invited to set as the official photographer. During filming there became a need for a tall, American man to say a few lines. Slim, six-foot four, was asked to step in. He politely declined, but Gable then offers him two hundred thousand Lira at which point Slim declares "I'm an actor!” Unfortunately, Slim fluffs his lines endlessly, they shoot take after take, much to Gable’s irritation and the embarrassment of Slim. After many hours Gable finally explodes "Enough! I've had enough! I'm tired and I'm going home! Goodbye!". Despite his best acting efforts, both of Slim’s line were dubbed over in the final cut of the movie. The photograph ‘Kings of Hollywood’ was taken some time after, at a New Year’s Eve party held at the famed Romanoff’s restaurant, in Beverly Hills. With Gable recounting this tale of Slim’s dubious ‘performance’ to his fellow actors. While Slim’s technique in front of the camera caused these A-List actors to chuckle, Slim’s ability behind the camera shone through. Slim recounts that at the moment they started to laugh, he knew he had retained Gable’s friendship and taken an iconic image with which he would later become synonymous in the process. This image along with many others from Slim’s mid-century body of work, were originally published in his 1974 book ‘Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life’ by Harper and Row. This limited edition Archival Silver Gelatin Fibre black and white print is made new from the original negative used by Slim to shoot on this day, held at the Getty Images Archive, London. Numbered and stamped by The Slim Aarons Estate. Mounted in Black frame with a white mat. Certificate of Authenticity included. Edition #41 of 150. Print dimensions are 16x20" and frame size is approximately 21x25". PHOTOGRAPHER BIO Slim Aarons is celebrated as one of the most influential photographers of his time. He once famously stated, “I have concentrated on photographing attractive people who were doing attractive things in attractive places.” Working for lifestyle magazines, he traveled the world taking pictures of the rich and famous at play. He favored sumptuous, rich Kodacolor to complement the colourful lives of his subjects. From the boulevards of Hollywood to the beaches of Italy, Slim was welcomed by the wealthy and privileged to their villas, mansions, swimming pools and yachts. It was a world of unprecedented luxury, power and beauty – and a party to which Slim was almost uniquely invited. Known for his positive portrayals, his presence at social gatherings became almost de rigeur. ABOUT GETTY IMAGES GALLERY The Getty Images Gallery, London’s largest independent photographic gallery, is the official home and estate of the entire Slim Aarons Archive. Our prints are produced utilizing the original transparencies and negatives housed at the Getty Images Archive. We specialize in hand printed photographs processed in our own darkrooms and offer premium prints including signed, estate stamped, and open edition photography.

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  • Dimensions
    H 21 in. x W 25 in.H 53.34 cm x W 63.5 cm
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU49331440143
  • More Editions & Sizes
    16x20Price: $2,400
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