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Slim Aarons, Snorkelling (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1954: Two young women going snorkelling. Slim Aarons Snorkelling Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary dealer shipping to your framer. 60 x 40 inches $...
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1950s American Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons, Snorkelling (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1954: Two young women going snorkelling. Slim Aarons Snorkelling Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary dealer shipping to your framer. 60 x 40 inches $...
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1950s American Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Taormina' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The coastal town of Taormina in Sicily, Italy, March 1963. Slim Aarons Taormina Sicily, Italy Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Printed Later Complimentary dealer...
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1960s American Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons, Snorkelling (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1954: Two young women going snorkelling. Slim Aarons Snorkelling Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Printed later Complimentary dealer shipping to your framer. 60...
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1950s American Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Taormina' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The coastal town of Taormina in Sicily, Italy, March 1963, Printed Later Slim Aarons Taormina Sicily, Italy Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary dealer...
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1960s American Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons, Sundowners (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Sundowners, 1958 Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary dealer shipping to your framer, worldwide. Two bikini-clad holidaymakers enjoy a glas...
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1950s American Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons, Sundowners (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Sundowners, 1958 Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary dealer shipping to your framer, worldwide. Two bikini-clad holidaymakers enjoy a glas...
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1950s American Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Portofino' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1985, The most exclusive fishing village in Italy, Portofino, on Italy's Ligurian coast. 40 x 60 inches $3950 30 x 40 inches $3350 20 x 30 inches $3000 Complimentary dealer shipp...
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1980s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons, Sundowners (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Sundowners, 1958 Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary dealer shipping to your framer, worldwide. Two bikini-clad holidaymakers enjoy a glas...
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1950s American Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons, Sundowners (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Sundowners, 1958 Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary dealer shipping to your framer, worldwide. Two bikini-clad holidaymakers enjoy a glas...
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1950s American Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Megachess' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A giant game of chess in Saint Lucia, in the Lesser Antilles, February 1993. 40 x 60 inches $3950 30 x 40 inches $3350 20 x 30 inches $3000 Estate stamped and hand numbered edit...
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1990s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Sea Drive' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1967—Slim Aarons captures film producer Kevin McClory taking his wife Bobo Sigrist and their family for a drive in an Amphicar across the harbour at Nassau. Numbered and stamped by ...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Cannes Sports' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1958: Holidaymakers water-skiing in front of the Carlton Hotel, Cannes. 'Cannes Sports' Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France Chromogenic Lambda print Printed Later Slim Aarons Estate Editi...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Sea Drive' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1967—Slim Aarons captures film producer Kevin McClory taking his wife Bobo Sigrist and their family for a drive in an Amphicar across the harbour at Nassau. Numbered and stamped by ...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Portofino Villa' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Guests by the pool at Klaus Pudel's villa, the Casa Montefino, overlooking Portofino harbour, Portofino, Italy, August 1977. Portofino Villa Slim Aarons Estate Edition Chromogenic L...
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1970s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons, 'Francine Brandt' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Francine Brandt by a swimming pool in Acapulco, Mexico, January 1961. Slim Aarons Francine Brandt Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary dealer shipping t...
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1960s American Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Venice Gondolas' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Gondolas moored in Venice, 1957. In the background is the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, on San Giorgio Maggiore island. Slim Aarons Venice Gondolas Chromogenic Lambda print Printe...
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1950s Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Sea Drive' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1967—Slim Aarons captures film producer Kevin McClory taking his wife Bobo Sigrist and their family for a drive in an Amphicar across the harbour at Nassau. Numbered and stamped by ...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Family Pool' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
circa 1960: Mrs A Watson Armour III (Jean Schweppe) with friends and family enjoying the pool on their estate at Lake Forest, Illinois. A Wonderful Time - Slim Aarons Slim Aarons Fa...
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1960s Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Lily Safra' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Lily Safra, the "Gilded Lily": Brazilian-Monegasque of of Russian Jewish heritage, enigmatic philanthropist, socialite, and wife of Lebanese born banker Edmond Safra, at home in La L...
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1990s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Family Pool' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
circa 1960: Mrs A Watson Armour III (Jean Schweppe) with friends and family enjoying the pool on their estate at Lake Forest, Illinois. A Wonderful Time - Slim Aarons Slim Aarons Fa...
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1960s Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Family Pool' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
circa 1960: Mrs A Watson Armour III (Jean Schweppe) with friends and family enjoying the pool on their estate at Lake Forest, Illinois. A Wonderful Time - Slim Aarons Slim Aarons Fa...
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1960s Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Sea Drive' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1967—Slim Aarons captures film producer Kevin McClory taking his wife Bobo Sigrist and their family for a drive in an Amphicar across the harbour at Nassau. Numbered and stamped by ...
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1960s Realist Color Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons 'Il Canille' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Sunbathers lounge on the white-painted terrace of Il Canille, built into the rocks of Pizzolungo overlooking the waters off the coast of the island of Capri, Italy, in August 1980. I...
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1970s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons, Fairfield Croquet (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Players in the Fairfield County Hunt Club's croquet tournament, Fairfield, New England. Slim Aarons Fairfield Croquet Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition 40 x 60 in...
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1990s Realist Figurative Photography

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Slim Aarons, Anchorage Hotel (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A view of the Anchorage Hotel on Dickenson Bay, Antigua in the West Indies, 1960. Built by a Scottish couple, formerly resident in Africa, the hotel complex features Zulu-style cotta...
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1960s American Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Verbier View' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Skiers admire the view across a valley of clouds at Verbier, 1964. Slim Aarons Verbier View Chromogenic Lambda print Printed Later Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary dealer sh...
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1960s Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Verbier View' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Skiers admire the view across a valley of clouds at Verbier, 1964. Slim Aarons Verbier View Chromogenic Lambda print Printed Later Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary dealer sh...
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1960s Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons, Anchorage Hotel (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A view of the Anchorage Hotel on Dickenson Bay, Antigua in the West Indies, 1960. Built by a Scottish couple, formerly resident in Africa, the hotel complex features Zulu-style cotta...
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1960s American Realist Portrait Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons 'Marbella Pool' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Laura Hawk, assistant to the Slim Aarons, relaxes by the pool at El Rincon, the von Pantz's Marbella home, September 1st, 1985. Slim Aarons Marbella Pool Chromogenic Lambda Print Sl...
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1980s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Lily Safra' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Lily Safra, the "Gilded Lily": Brazilian-Monegasque of of Russian Jewish heritage, enigmatic philanthropist, socialite, and wife of Lebanese born banker Edmond Safra, at home in La L...
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1990s Realist Landscape Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons 'Cannes Sports' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1958: Holidaymakers water-skiing in front of the Carlton Hotel, Cannes. 'Cannes Sports' Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France Chromogenic Lambda print Printed Later Slim Aarons Estate Editi...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Venice Gondolas' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Gondolas moored in Venice, 1957. In the background is the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, on San Giorgio Maggiore island. Slim Aarons Venice Gondolas Chromogenic Lambda print Printe...
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1950s Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Truman Capote' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Truman Capote Slim Aarons Estate Edition 1970: Author of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and 'In Cold Blood,' Truman Capote (1924 - 1984) and his dog in Palm Springs, Californi...
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1960s Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Family Pool' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
circa 1960: Mrs A Watson Armour III (Jean Schweppe) with friends and family enjoying the pool on their estate at Lake Forest, Illinois. A Wonderful Time - Slim Aarons Slim Aarons Fa...
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1960s Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Il Canille' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Sunbathers lounge on the white-painted terrace of Il Canille, built into the rocks of Pizzolungo overlooking the waters off the coast of the island of Capri, Italy, in August 1980. I...
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1970s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Family Pool' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
circa 1960: Mrs A Watson Armour III (Jean Schweppe) with friends and family enjoying the pool on their estate at Lake Forest, Illinois. A Wonderful Time - Slim Aarons Slim Aarons Fa...
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1960s Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons Marbella Pool (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Laura Hawk, assistant to the Slim Aarons, relaxes by the pool at El Rincon, the von Pantz's Marbella home, September 1st, 1985. Slim Aarons Marbella Pool Chromogenic Lambda print Pr...
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1980s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Poolside Glamour' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1970: A desert house in Palm Springs designed by Richard Neutra for Edgar Kaufman. Lita Baron approaches Nelda Linsk, right, wife of art dealer Joseph Linsk who is talking to a frien...
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1970s Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Dolores Guinness' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1965: Dolores Guinness catches the sun's last rays in Costa Smeralda, Sardinia. Slim Aarons Dolores Guinness Costa Smeralda, Sardinia Chromogenic Lambda print Printed Later Slim Aa...
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1960s American Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons, Fairfield Croquet (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Players in the Fairfield County Hunt Club's croquet tournament, Fairfield, New England. Slim Aarons Fairfield Croquet Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition 40 x 60 in...
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1990s Realist Figurative Photography

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Slim Aarons, Neoclassical Pool (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Mrs T. Dennie Boardman and her children Samuel Jay and Sarah climbing the steps from the pool at the home of Boardman's parents in Palm Beach, Florida, 1985 Slim Aarons Slim Aarons,...
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1980s American Realist Color Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Family Pool' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
circa 1960: Mrs A Watson Armour III (Jean Schweppe) with friends and family enjoying the pool on their estate at Lake Forest, Illinois. A Wonderful Time - Slim Aarons Slim Aarons Fa...
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1960s Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons, Marbles Championship (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A group of boys competing in a marble championship in Central Park, New York City, 1947 Slim Aarons Marbles Championship Lambda Print 4 sizes available Slim Aarons Estate Edition 4...
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1940s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons Yacht Holiday (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Tanned bodies on the deck of Dino Pecci Blunt’s yacht in Marbella, Spain 1967. A group of bronzed young women captured from the back are seen enjoying the Spanish hot sun aboard a y...
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1960s Realist Nude Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Marbella Pool' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Laura Hawk, assistant to the Slim Aarons, relaxes by the pool at El Rincon, the von Pantz's Marbella home, September 1st, 1985. Slim Aarons Marbella Pool Chromogenic Lambda Print Sl...
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1980s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Yacht Holiday' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Tanned bodies on the deck of Dino Pecci Blunt’s yacht in Marbella, Spain 1967. A group of bronzed young women captured from the back are seen enjoying the Spanish hot sun aboard a y...
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1960s Realist Nude Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Bermuda Beach' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A woman on a beach in Bermuda, 1957. 48 x 48 inches $4500 40 x 40 inches $3950 30 x 30 inches $3350 20 x 20 inches $2500 Complimentary dealer shipping to your framer, worldwide....
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons Spinnaker Sailing (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Spinnaker sailing on the Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, August 1973 60 x 40 inches $3950 40 x 30 inches $3350 30 x 20 inches $3000 Complimentary dealer shipping to your framer, worldw...
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1970s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons, Fairfield Croquet (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Players in the Fairfield County Hunt Club's croquet tournament, Fairfield, New England. Slim Aarons Fairfield Croquet Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition 40 x 60 in...
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1990s Realist Figurative Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, Carlton Hotel (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The entrance to the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France, 1958. Slim Aarons Carlton Hotel Lambda Print 4 sizes available Slim Aarons Estate Edition 60 x 60 inches $5100 48 x 48 inches $...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Apres Ski' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A party of skiers adjourn for drinks at Squaw Valley, CA 1961. (photo credit Slim Aarons / Getty Images) Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authent...
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1960s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons, Family Chair (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Elizabeth Matthews, descendant of H M Flagler co-founder of Palm Beach, sits in her great-grandfather’s favourite chair in front of the family mansion now the Flagler Museum, Palm Be...
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1960s American Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons, School Riding (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Girls of Foxcroft School, near Middleburg, Virginia wait at the stables for their horses. Foxcroft is considered to be the elite of America's private schools. Circa 1960 Slim Aarons...
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1960s Realist Figurative Photography

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Slim Aarons, School Riding (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Girls of Foxcroft School, near Middleburg, Virginia wait at the stables for their horses. Foxcroft is considered to be the elite of America's private schools. Circa 1960 Slim Aarons...
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1960s Realist Figurative Photography

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Slim Aarons, Slopes & Trails (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Two skiers talking next to an information sign showing nearby ski slopes and trails, Cranmore Mountain, North Conway, New Hampshire, 1955. Slim Aarons Slopes & Trails Chromogenic L...
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1960s American Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Catherine Wilke' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1980—Catherine Wilke joins the topless sunbathers on the island of Capri. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Chromog...
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1980s Realist Nude Photography

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Slim Aarons, Pagoda Poolhouse (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A group of bathers in a swimming pool in Palm Beach, 1985. Behind them is a chinese pagoda poolhouse designed by John Volk. Slim Aarons Pagoda Poolhouse Lambda Print 4 sizes availab...
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1960s Realist Portrait Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Verbier Vacation' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Verbier Vacation Slim Aarons Estate Edition 30 x 30 inches Verbier Vacation: Holiday-makers take the sun on a mountain top in Verbier, 1964. Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons...
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1960s Other Art Style Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons: Apres Ski (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A party of skiers adjourn for drinks at Squaw Valley, CA 1961, one year after the 1960 Winter Olympics. Olympic Valley, California is an unincorporated community located in Placer C...
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1960s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 1916 2006 American 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.

Finding the Right Photography for You

The first permanent image created by a camera — which materialized during the 1820s — is attributed to Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. The French inventor was on to something for sure. Kodak introduced roll film in the 1880s, allowing photography to become more democratic, although cameras wouldn’t be universally accessible until several decades later. 

Digital photographic techniques, software, smartphone cameras and social-networking platforms such as Instagram have made it even easier in the modern era for budding photographers to capture the world around them as well as disseminate their images far and wide. 

What might leading figures of visual art such as Andy Warhol have done with these tools at their disposal?

Today, when we aren’t looking at the digital photos that inundate us on our phones, we look to the past to celebrate the photographers who have broken rules as well as records — provocative and prolific artists like Horst P. Horst, Lillian Bassman and Helmut Newton, who altered the face of fashion and portrait photography; visionary documentary photographers such as Gordon Parks, whose best-known work was guided by social justice; and pioneers of street photography such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, who shot for revolutionary travel magazines like Holiday with the likes of globetrotting society lensman Slim Aarons.

Find photographers you may not know in Introspective and The Study — where you’ll read about Berenice Abbott, who positioned herself atop skyscrapers for the perfect shot, or “conceptual artist-adventurer” Charles Lindsay, whose work combines scientific rigor with artistic expression, or Massimo Listri, known for his epic interiors of opulent Old World libraries.

Throughout the past two centuries, photographers have used their medium to create expressive work that has resonated for generations. Shop a voluminous collection of this powerful photography on 1stDibs. Search by photographer to find the perfect piece for your living room wall, or spend some time with the work organized under various categories, such as landscape photography, nude photography and more.