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Marbella Club
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, IT
The swimming pool of the Marbella Club in Andalucia looks out over the sea, 1976. This photograph is from the Estate Limited Edition of 150 30x30” C-print, from the original transpa...
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1950s Contemporary Color Photography

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C Print

Marbella Club ' Slim Aarons Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Marbella Club' by Slim Aarons Guests relax by the pool of the Marbella Club, Marbella, Spain, August 1980. This photograph epitomises the travel style and glamour of the period's ...
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1980s Modern Figurative Photography

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C Print

Marbella Club (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Marbella Club C print 1976 The swimming pool of the Marbella Club in Andalucia looks out over the sea, 1976. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certif...
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1960s Modern Landscape Photography

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Lambda

Marbella Club (1976) Limited Estate Stamped - Giant
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Marbella Club (1976) Limited Estate Stamped - Giant (Photo by Slim Aarons) A guest takes a break from the sun at the Marbella Club, Marbella, Spain, 1976. Additional Informatio...
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1970s Modern Portrait Photography

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Color, Archival Pigment

Marbella Club 1980 Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Marbella Club 1980 Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print Guests relax by the pool of the Marbella Club, Marbella, Spain, August 1980. Produced from the original transpa...
Category

1980s Modern Figurative Photography

Materials

C Print

Marbella Club ' Slim Aarons Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Marbella Club' by Slim Aarons Guests relax by the pool of the Marbella Club, Marbella, Spain, August 1980. This photograph epitomises the travel style and glamour of the period's ...
Category

1980s Modern Figurative Photography

Materials

C Print

Slim Aarons Biography and Important Works

American photographer Slim Aarons captured the 20th century’s international jet set — U.S. socialites, European royalty, Hollywood stars — at play in sun-kissed locales like Monaco, Saint-Tropez and Palm Beach, as well as other luxurious settings around the globe.

Committed to eschewing makeup and artificial lighting, Aarons created images that are at once candid and polished, combining the relaxed posture of his subjects, who trusted him to document their lives, with the visual sharpness of a seasoned art director. Having gotten his start taking pictures for the U.S. military magazine Yank during World War II, he contributed over the course of his career to Life, Town and Country and Holiday magazines and published several books.

Aarons was born in Manhattan in 1916. He joined the army at 18, shooting military maneuvers at West Point before serving as a combat photographer, for which he was awarded a Purple Heart. After the war, he moved to California and began snapping socialites and movie stars. In the 1950s, he opened a bureau for Life magazine in Rome, where he took pictures capturing the postwar scene. Aarons was always able to win the trust of his elite subjects, who saw him as close to a peer, rather than a paparazzo. In a 2002 interview with The Independent, he remarked, ''I knew everyone. They would invite me to one of their parties because they knew I wouldn't hurt them. I was one of them.'' This access allowed Aarons to document the rich and famous with their guard down, reading newspapers and magazines, talking on the phone, relaxing by the pool, and chatting with friends. The 1957 photograph The Kings of Hollywood, for example, which won him wide acclaim, shows Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart laughing together as they celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Many of Aarons’s best-known images involve games and sports. In the 1972 Poolside Backgammon, two young women play the board game of the title against the backdrop of a majestic Acapulco estate. In 1958’s Cannes Watersports, a couple attempts to glide across the Golfe de la Napoule on Jet Skis, one expertly and one hanging on for dear life. And in Penthouse Pool, shot in Athens in 1961, a young woman wearing a yellow bathing cap smiles coyly at the camera, surrounded by friends and brightly colored seat cushions, with the Acropolis faintly visible in the background. Among Aarons’s books are 1974’s A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life, and its 2003 sequel, Once Upon a Time. His final book, A Place in the Sun, was published in 2005, one year before his death.

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