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Realist Color Photography

REALIST STYLE

Realist art attempts to portray its subject matter without artifice. Similar to naturalism, authentic realist paintings and prints see an integration of true-to-life colors, meticulous detail and linear perspectives for accurate portrayals of the world. 

Work that involves illusionistic techniques of realism dates back to the classical world, such as the deceptive trompe l’oeil used since ancient Greece. Art like this became especially popular in the 17th century when Dutch artists like Evert Collier painted objects that appeared real enough to touch. Realism as an artistic movement, however, usually refers to 19th-century French realist artists such as Honoré Daumier exploring social and political issues in biting lithographic prints, while the likes of Gustave Courbet and Jean-François Millet painting people — particularly the working class — with all their imperfections, navigating everyday urban life. This was a response to the dominant academic art tradition that favored grand paintings of myth and history. 

By the turn of the 20th century, European artists, such as the Pre-Raphaelites, were experimenting with nearly photographic realism in their work, as seen in the attention to every botanical attribute of the flowers surrounding the drowned Ophelia painted by English artist John Everett Millais.

Although abstraction was the guiding style of 20th-century art, the realism trend in American modern art endured in Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and other artists’ depictions of the complexities of the human experience. In the late 1960s, Photorealism emerged with artists like Chuck Close and Richard Estes giving their paintings the precision of a frame of film.

Contemporary artists such as Jordan Casteel, LaToya Ruby Frazier and Aliza Nisenbaum are now using the unvarnished realist approach for honest representations of people and their worlds. Alongside traditional mediums, technology such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and immersive installations are helping artists create new sensations of realism in art.

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Style: Realist
Beauty and the Beast
Located in New York, NY
Lady Daphne Cameron (Mrs George Cameron) on a tiger skin rug in the trophy room at socialite Laddie Sanford's home in Palm Beach, Florida. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition o...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Rainbow Over Capitola Village, Santa Cruz - Colored Photograph
Located in Soquel, CA
Rainbow Over Capitola Village, Santa Cruz - Colored Photograph Color photograph of a rainbow shining over Capitola Village in Santa Cruz, California by John F. Hunter (American, 20t...
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Early 2000s Realist Color Photography

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Ink, Photographic Paper

Portrait Sitting, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Diana 'Dysie' Davie, wife of T Bedford Davie, poses for the painter John Orr in her home in Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, 1970. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity i...
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1970s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Zermatt Skiing, Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The apres-ski in Zermatt, Switzerland, March 1968. Zermatt Skiing Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Between the Sea and Sky, Slim Aarons Estate Edition photograph
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ingrid Morath sunbathes by a swimming pool next to the sea in Acapulco, 1961. Ingrid was born in Rio de Janeiro and lives in Mexico City. Portofino Villa Slim Aarons Estate Edition ...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Marbella Club, Estate Edition (Andalucia, Spain)
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Slim Aarons' Pool at Porto Rotundo, an Estate Edition photograph, is a newly available vintage scene of the swimming pool of the Marbella Club, in Andalu...
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1970s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Buckleys in Switzerland, Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
American author and journalist William F. Buckley Jr. and his wife Patricia take a sleigh ride from the Chateau de Rougemont in Switzerland, 1986. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certi...
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1980s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

The St. Regis, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An aerial view of diners at the St. Regis, New York, 1955. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate Modern es...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

The St. Regis, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An aerial view of diners at the St. Regis, New York, 1955. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate Modern es...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

The St. Regis, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An aerial view of diners at the St. Regis, New York, 1955. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate Modern es...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

The St. Regis, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An aerial view of diners at the St. Regis, New York, 1955. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate Modern es...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

The Hotel Excelsior, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Guests enjoying themselves at a gala held at the Hotel Excelsior, Rome, 1957. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aaron...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

The Hotel Excelsior, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Guests enjoying themselves at a gala held at the Hotel Excelsior, Rome, 1957. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aaron...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

The Hotel Excelsior, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Guests enjoying themselves at a gala held at the Hotel Excelsior, Rome, 1957. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aaron...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

The Hotel Excelsior, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Guests enjoying themselves at a gala held at the Hotel Excelsior, Rome, 1957. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aaron...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Male Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) Back Yard
Located in Columbia, MO
Composing non-living objects is completely different- especially when it comes to birds. I know it can maybe seem macabre at first, but I love photographing both living and non-livin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Color Photography

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Archival Pigment

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea), Dead from Window-Strike
Located in Columbia, MO
Composing non-living objects is completely different- especially when it comes to birds. I know it can maybe seem macabre at first, but I love photographing both living and non-livin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Color Photography

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Archival Pigment

Garden Still Life
Located in Columbia, MO
Composing non-living objects is completely different- especially when it comes to birds. I know it can maybe seem macabre at first, but I love photographing both living and non-livin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Color Photography

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Archival Pigment

Barn Owl (Tyto alba) Bating
Located in Columbia, MO
Composing non-living objects is completely different- especially when it comes to birds. I know it can maybe seem macabre at first, but I love photographing both living and non-livin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Color Photography

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Archival Pigment

Red-Shouldered Hawk
Located in Columbia, MO
Composing non-living objects is completely different- especially when it comes to birds. I know it can maybe seem macabre at first, but I love photographing both living and non-livin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Color Photography

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Archival Pigment

Juvenile American Cow Found in Backyard (Corvus Brachyrhrnchos)
Located in Columbia, MO
Composing non-living objects is completely different- especially when it comes to birds. I know it can maybe seem macabre at first, but I love photographing both living and non-livin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Color Photography

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Archival Pigment

Sea Drive, a Slim Aarons Estate Edition photograph of the Amphicar in Nassau
Located in Los Angeles, CA
In 'Sea Drive,' a genuine Slim Aarons estate edition photograph, film producer Kevin McClory, his wife, Bobo Sigrist, and their family enjoy a leisurely drive in a vibrant red vintage Amphicar across the scenic Nassau harbour. This idyllic 1967 scene embodies Slim Aarons signature style, mixing casual glamour and vintage cool; the unique charm feel of this iconic image is completed with a pink parasol. 'Sea Drive' is a genuine Slim Aarons estate edition photograph. Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate. Certificate of Authenticity included. Slim Aarons Sea Drive Chromogenic Lambda print Printed Later Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary dealer shipping to your framer, worldwide. Stamped and hand numbered by the Slim Aarons Estate. Certificate of Authenticity included. Over the course of a career lasting half a century, Slim Aarons (1916-2006) portrayed high society, aristocracy, authors, artists, business icons, the celebrated and their milieu. In doing so, he captured a golden age of wealth, privilege, beauty and leisure that occurred alongside—but quite separate from—the cultural and political backdrop of the second half of the Twentieth Century. The Slim Aarons Estate has released the limited Estate edition as a Lambda print, which is a modern c-type prints. They have chosen Lambda prints for their sharpness, clarity, colour saturation and quality, compared to archival inkjet prints. Lambda printing gives true continuous tone. Photograph is unframed Slide show includes a close-up of the Slim Aarons estate's stamp. Collector will get the next number in the edition * We are pleased to offer the entire archive of the Slim Aarons Estate, offering the official Slim Aarons Estate Edition (only offered in this edition of 150). Please contact us for additional photographs from Slim Aarons * Kevin O'Donovan McClory (8 June 1924[1] – 20 November 2006) was an Irish screenwriter, film producer, and film director. McClory was best known for producing the James Bond film Thunderball, popular in the 60s and 70s. Internal: The location for Slim Aarons midcentury photograph, Sea Drive, is Vintage Nassau, which fits curated collections for Vintage Yachting, Vintage Boating, modern graphic, midcentury modern, Vintage Slim Aarons, Vintage Sport Photography...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Skiing Waiters Estate Edition Photograph (Vintage Winter Snowscape)
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Three skiing waiters on a ski slope, circa 1960. In the foreground, a white-clad chef skis towards the viewer, offering a beautifully prepared bird on a tray. Behind him, a man in a ...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Portrait Sitting, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Diana 'Dysie' Davie, wife of T Bedford Davie, poses for the painter John Orr in her home in Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, 1970. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity i...
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1970s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Portrait Sitting, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Diana 'Dysie' Davie, wife of T Bedford Davie, poses for the painter John Orr in her home in Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, 1970. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity i...
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1970s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Massimo Listri 'Castello di Rivoli III - Torino'
Located in New York, NY
Castello di Rivoli III - Torino "What makes his work unique is how he has made interiors look so absolutely vivid, as if they had a secret life of their own that only he knows how t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Color Photography

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C Print

Beverly Hills Hotel, Estate Edition Photograph, Classic Mint Green on Blue
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1957—Cars parked outside the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in California. Beverly Hills Hotel Slim Aarons Estate Edition 40x40 inches Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aar...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Britt Ekland, Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Film star Britt Ekland (Britt-Marie Eklund) in Porto Ercole, Italy. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stampe...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Parrot Jungle, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A family day out at the Parrot Jungle amusement park near Miami, 1955. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estat...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

SS Queen Of Bermuda, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The British ocean liner 'SS Queen of Bermuda' in Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda, 1957. Slim Aarons SS Queen Of Bermuda Chromogenic Lambda print 1957, Printed Later Slim Aarons Estate Edi...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

SS Queen Of Bermuda, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The British ocean liner 'SS Queen of Bermuda' in Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda, 1957. Slim Aarons SS Queen Of Bermuda Chromogenic Lambda print 1957, Printed Later Slim Aarons Estate Edi...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

SS Queen Of Bermuda, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The British ocean liner 'SS Queen of Bermuda' in Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda, 1957. Slim Aarons SS Queen Of Bermuda Chromogenic Lambda print 1957, Printed Later Slim Aarons Estate Edi...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

SS Queen Of Bermuda, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The British ocean liner 'SS Queen of Bermuda' in Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda, 1957. Slim Aarons SS Queen Of Bermuda Chromogenic Lambda print 1957, Printed Later Slim Aarons Estate Edi...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Parrot Jungle, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A family day out at the Parrot Jungle amusement park near Miami, 1955. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estat...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Palace Hotel, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ice skating at the Palace Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1989. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate Mode...
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1980s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Parrot Jungle, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A family day out at the Parrot Jungle amusement park near Miami, 1955. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estat...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Palace Hotel, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ice skating at the Palace Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1989. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate Mode...
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1980s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Parrot Jungle, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A family day out at the Parrot Jungle amusement park near Miami, 1955. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estat...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Palace Hotel, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ice skating at the Palace Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1989. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate Mode...
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1980s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Palace Hotel, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ice skating at the Palace Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1989. Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate Mode...
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1980s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

North Conway, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A woman holding her skis in North Conway, New Hampshire, 1955. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Nu...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

North Conway, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A woman holding her skis in North Conway, New Hampshire, 1955. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Nu...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

North Conway, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A woman holding her skis in North Conway, New Hampshire, 1955. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Nu...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Poolside Host, Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Guests by the pool at Nelda Linsk's desert house in Palm Springs, California, January 1970. The house was designed by Richard Neutra for Edgar J. Kaufmann. At far left is Lita Baron....
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1970s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

North Conway, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A woman holding her skis in North Conway, New Hampshire, 1955. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Nu...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons 'Lido Life, Venice' Mid-century Modern Photography
Located in New York, NY
Lido Life, Venice 1957 C print Signature stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the Slim Aarons estate. A waiter serves fruit to bathers, ...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Silver Gelatin

Slim Aarons 'Westin Excelsior, Venice' Mid-century Modern Photography
Located in New York, NY
Westin Excelsior in Venice 1957 C print Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Slim Aarons, an acclaimed fine art photo...
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1950s Realist Color Photography

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Silver Gelatin

Laguna Beach Surfers, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A surfer in the sea at Laguna Beach, California, January 1970. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Nu...
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1970s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Rhode Island Surfers, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Surfers off Rhode Island, September 1965. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aaron...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Rhode Island Surfers, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Surfers off Rhode Island, September 1965. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aaron...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Rhode Island Surfer, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A surfer carrying his board at a Rhode Island beach, September 1965. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered an...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Rhode Island Surfer, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A surfer carrying his board at a Rhode Island beach, September 1965. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered an...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Laguna Beach Surfers, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A surfer in the sea at Laguna Beach, California, January 1970. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Nu...
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1970s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Laguna Beach Surfers, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A surfer in the sea at Laguna Beach, California, January 1970. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Nu...
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1970s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Rhode Island Surfers, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Surfers off Rhode Island, September 1965. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aaron...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Laguna Beach Surfers, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A surfer in the sea at Laguna Beach, California, January 1970. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Nu...
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1970s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Rhode Island Surfer, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A surfer carrying his board at a Rhode Island beach, September 1965. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered an...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Rhode Island Surfer, Slim Aarons Estate Edition
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A surfer carrying his board at a Rhode Island beach, September 1965. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images) Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Certificate of Authenticity included Numbered an...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Realist color photography for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic Realist color photography available for sale on 1stDibs. Works in this style were very popular during the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artists have continued to produce works inspired by this movement. If you’re looking to add color photography created in this style to introduce contrast in an otherwise neutral space in your home, the works available on 1stDibs include elements of blue, purple, pink, orange and other colors. Many Pop art paintings were created by popular artists on 1stDibs, including Slim Aarons, Massimo Listri, Sean Scully, and John Conn. Frequently made by artists working with Digital Print, and Lambda Print and other materials, all of these pieces for sale are unique and have attracted attention over the years. Not every interior allows for large Realist color photography, so small editions measuring 8.5 inches across are also available. Prices for color photography made by famous or emerging artists can differ depending on medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $200 and tops out at $28,500, while the average work sells for $3,350.

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