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Slim Aarons
Slim Aarons 'Beach Backgammon' Mid-century Modern Photography

1960

About the Item

Beach Backgammon 1957 C print Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. CAPTION: Backgammon on the beach at the Hotel Excelsior on the Venice Lido, Italy, 1957. Slim Aarons, an acclaimed fine art photographer, is synonymous with images that capture the luxury, glamour, and jet-set lifestyle of the mid-20th century. Renowned for his candid portraits of celebrities, socialites, and the global elite, Aarons' work celebrates vintage elegance and opulent leisure, as epitomized in his iconic "Poolside Gossip" series. Granted exclusive access to the world's most elite gatherings, he wove tales of extravagance, often juxtaposed against mesmerizing modernist architecture. His photography, reminiscent of the distinct styles of contemporaries like Horst P. Horst, Helmut Newton, and Bert Stern, has been showcased in esteemed institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Getty Images Gallery, and IFAC Arts. Slim Aarons (1916-2006) primarily worked for society publications, capturing "attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places." He photographed the rich and famous both before and after his tenure as a photographer for the US military magazine, Yank, during World War II. His work has been featured in publications like Town and Country, Holiday, Venture, and LIFE. He's perhaps most renowned for his photograph "Poolside Glamour." Though closely aligned with Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Aarons chose not to join them in founding Magnum. Instead, he transitioned from black and white photography, immersing himself in a world of sun-drenched glamour and light-heartedness. His intimate portrayals of the elite and the jet set brim with the wit and charisma that granted Aarons unparalleled access to high society IFAC Arts, in collaboration with the Getty Images Hulton Archive, presents Slim Aarons' vast collection of negatives and transparencies. This collection spans six decades, showcasing a lifestyle many dream of but few experience. Expert darkroom work on the original negatives and transparencies allows for prints of his images in the largest photographic sizes, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in these dazzling depictions of the good life. The entire Slim Aarons Collection and More at IFAC Arts. Please follow us on 1stdibs @ifacarts
  • Creator:
    Slim Aarons (1916-2006, American)
  • Creation Year:
    1960
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 40 in (101.6 cm)Width: 40 in (101.6 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes:
    12 x 12 inches Price: $1,80016 x 16 inchesPrice: $2,15020 x 20 inches Price: $2,50040 x 40 inchesPrice: $3,950
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  • Gallery Location:
    New York, NY
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    Seller: #slimaarons @ifacarts1stDibs: LU32614441382
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