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Slim Aarons Art

Slim Aarons (United States, 1916–2016)
Slim Aarons (United States, 1916–2016)

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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Catherine Wilke, (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in Park City, UT
Slim Aarons, Catherine Wilke Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Various sizes available Catherine Wilke joins the top...
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1980s Contemporary Slim Aarons Art

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C Print, Lambda

Eden-Roc Pool, (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in Park City, UT
Slim Aarons, Eden-Roc Pool Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Various sizes available Guests round the swimming pool ...
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1970s Contemporary Slim Aarons Art

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C Print, Lambda

Slim Aarons Estate Edition - All Aboard
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only Friends board a riva boat in Monte Carlo, Monaco, 1975. (Photo by Slim Aarons) This photograph epitomises the travel style ...
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1970s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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C Print, Color

Slim Aarons Estate Edition - Harbour Island
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only Harbour Island in the Bahamas, 1970 (Photo by Slim Aarons) This photograph epitomises the travel style and glamour of the p...
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1970s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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C Print, Color

Monte Carlo, (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in Park City, UT
Slim Aarons, 'Monte Carlo' Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Printed later. Various sizes available. Please reach ou...
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1970s Contemporary Slim Aarons Art

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C Print, Lambda

Port Life (Slim Aarons Estate)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A man stops to watch a young woman tie her sandals on the pavement in Portofino marina, August 1977. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity...
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1970s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, Skiing In Vail II (Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Skiing In Vail II, 1960 Chromogenic Lambda Print Estate edition of 150 A group of skiers stand in line waiting for the ski lift in Vail, Colorado, USA, 1964. Estate stamped and ha...
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1960s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Californian Party (Slim Aarons Estate Print)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Californian Party, 1955 Chromogenic Lambda print Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Belgian born actress Audrey Hepbu...
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1950s American Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Hepburn and Friends (Slim Aarons Estate Print)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Hepburn and Friends, 1955 Chromogenic Lambda print Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Belgian born actress Audrey Hep...
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1950s American Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, Beverly Hills Hotel (Slim Aarons Estates Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Beverly Hills Hotel, 1957 C print Estate stamped and numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity Cars parked outside the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boul...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Archival Pigment

Beauty and the Beast
By Slim Aarons
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 Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, Poolside at the Kaufmann Desert House (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Kaufmann Desert House 1970 C Print Estate stamped and numbered edition of 150 January 1970: The Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs, California, designed by Richard N...
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1970s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Verbier Skier (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A blonde skier on the slopes at Verbier, February 1964. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Slim Aarons (1916-2006) w...
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1960s Realist Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons 'On The Slopes In Stowe' (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Five people relaxing on the terrace of the glass-fronted triangular Skaal House in the Stowe Mountain ski resort in Stowe, Vermont, 1962. The property is owned by Doris Molliel, who ...
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1960s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, Zermatt Skiing (Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Zermatt Skiing, 1968 Chromogenic Lambda Print Estate edition of 150 The apres-ski in Zermatt, Switzerland, March 1968. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 ...
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1960s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Skiing Waiters (Slim Aarons)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Three skiing waiters on a ski slope, with the man in the foreground carrying a bird on a tray, the second man carrying a wine in an ice bucket and the third carrying a menu, circa 19...
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1960s Realist Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Pool at Lake Tahoe (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Bathers by a pool on the shore of Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Slim Aarons (191...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Villa Vera, Acapulco (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The bar at the Villa Vera Hotel Spa and Racquet Club in Acapulco, January 1968 This was printed later. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authentici...
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1960s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, Capri Cruise (Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Capri Cruise, 1958 Chromogenic Lambda Print Estate edition of 150 Princess Laudomia Hercolani (in blue) and friends enjoy an on-deck siesta whilst cruising near Capri, July 1958. ...
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1960s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Having a Topping Time
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1959: Socialite Alice Topping relaxing at a poolside in Palm Beach. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Slim Aarons...
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1950s American Realist Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, Helen Dzo Dzo, Palm Springs (Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Helen Dzo Dzo Kaptur, 1970 Chromogenic Lambda Print Estate edition of 150 Former fashion model Helen Dzo Dzo Kaptur and other guests at the Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs, Ca...
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1970s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Fabrizia Lanza di Mazzarino (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Donna Fabrizia Lanza di Mazzarino relaxing in a boat on a small lake in the grounds of the Villa Tasca d'Almerita in Sicily, Italy, in October 1984. Printed Later. Estate stamped an...
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1980s Realist Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, Melina Mercouri (Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Melina Mercouri 1961 Printed Later. Chromogenic Lambda Print Estate edition of 150 1961: Greek actress Melina Mercouri (1925 - 1994) sitting at a street cafe in Athens. Estate sta...
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1960s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Snorkeling Holiday (Turks and Caicos) Slim Aarons
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Snorkeling Holiday (Turks and Caicos), 1975 Chromogenic lambda print A snorkeling holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, circa 1975. Estate stam...
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1970s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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C Print

Slim Aarons, Il Canille, Capri (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Il Canille, Capri, 1980 (printed later) C print Estate stamped and numbered edition of 150 with Certificate of authenticity Sunbathers lounge on the white-painted terr...
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1980s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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C Print

Nice Pool
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Nice Pool (Vertical), 1955 Chromogenic Lambda print American writer C.Z. Guest (Mrs F.C. Winston Guest, 1920 - 2003) and her son Alexander Michael Douglas Dudley Guest in front of t...
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1950s American Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Beauty and the Beast
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Beauty and the Beast, 1959 Open edition 60 x 40 inches
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons 'Hotel Las Brisas'
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Hotel Las Brisas 1968 (printed later) c-print Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Apartments and pools at ...
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1960s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons Sunbathing in Capri, Catherine Wilke
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Sunbathing in Capri, Catherine Wilke, Chromogenic Lambda print Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Printed Later. Cath...
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1980s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Monaco Grand Prix (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
British racing driver James Hunt (1947 - 1993) on the grid at the Monaco Grand Prix, 22nd May 1977. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity ...
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1970s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, Tennis in the Bahamas ( Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Tennis in the Bahamas, 1957 Chromogenic lambda print Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Two women stand talking t...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

The Beverly Hills Hotel Sign (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The sign on the side of the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in California, 1957.Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the esta...
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1950s Realist Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, St Moritz Skiers (Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
St Moritz Skiers, 1978 Printed Later. Chromogenic Lambda Print Estate edition of 150 Skiers on a slope in St Moritz, Switzerland, March 1978. Estate stamped and hand numbered editi...
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1960s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons 'Dali's Party' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Salvador Dali, 1959, Printed Later Lambda C-print Estate Edition of 150 circa 1959: Surrealist painter Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) with a red-haired woman at a ball in N...
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1960s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, The High Life
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Actor George Hamilton (in blue) takes off in a speedboat with friends Ruth Luthi, Sabine Korte and Mike Belami, during a stay in St Tropez. September 1968. Estate stamped and hand n...
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1960s Realist Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Verbier Vacation, (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in Park City, UT
Slim Aarons, Verbier Vacation Estate stamped and hand numbered edition 35 / 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Various sizes available Holiday-makers take the su...
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1960s Contemporary Slim Aarons Art

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C Print, Lambda

Slim Aarons Saint-Tropez Boucherie, French Riviera (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Saint-Tropez Boucherie Chromogenic lambda print 40 x 60 inches 4 sizes available Slim Aarons Estate Edition A boucherie or butcher shop on Rue des Commercants in Saint-T...
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1960s Realist Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons 'Saint-Tropez Beach' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The beach at Saint-Tropez, on the French Riviera, August 1971. Slim Aarons Saint-Tropez Beach Slim Aarons Estate Edition Certificate of Authenticity included Chromogenic Lambda prin...
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1970s Realist Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons 'Catherine Wilke, Capri' (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 Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, "Poolside in Arizona" (Architecture, Desert, Pool, 1970's)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
'Poolside In Arizona' by Slim Aarons Fabulously fashionable guests by the calm water of the swimming pool at the home of Wayne Beal in Scottsdale, Arizona, January 1973. Slim Aaron...
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1970s Realist Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Kaufmann Desert House (Poolside series) (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 Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Verbier Vacation, Switzerland
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Verbier Vacation: Holiday-makers take the sun on a mountain top in Verbier, 1964. Slim Aarons Verbier Vacation Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of a...
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1960s Realist Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Slim Aarons 'Lounging in Verbier' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Holidaymakers in sun loungers on the slopes at Verbier, Switzerland, February 1964. Slim Aarons Lounging in Verbier Chromogenic Lambda print Printed Later Slim Aarons Estate Editio...
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1960s Realist Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

Soho Waiters' Race (1955) - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print - Limited Estate Stamped
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Soho Waiters' Race (1955) - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print - Limited Estate Stamped (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images) Waiters carrying half bottles of champagne set off on the annual...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Black and White, Silver Gelatin

Slim Aarons - Bad Luck Gloria Oscar Night 1951 Limited Estate print
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Bad Luck Gloria (1951) - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print - Limited Estate Stamped (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) 2nd April 1951: American actor Jose Ferrer (1912 - 1...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Black and White, Silver Gelatin

Dinner Jazz (1949) - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print - Limited Estate Stamped
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Dinner Jazz (1949) - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print - Limited Estate Stamped (Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images) Premium Rates Apply. 1949: American Jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Arm...
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1940s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Black and White, Silver Gelatin

Palm Bay Club (1965) - Limited Estate Stamped - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Palm Bay Club (1965) - Limited Estate Stamped - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) A young woman at the Palm Bay Club, Miami, Florida, US...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Black and White, Silver Gelatin

The Carlton Hotel (1955) - Limited Estate Stamped - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
The Carlton Hotel (1955) - Limited Estate Stamped - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print (Photo By Slim Aarons/Getty Images Archive) A Cadillac with Florida plates parked outside the Carlto...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Black and White, Silver Gelatin

New England Skiing (1955) - Limited Estate Stamped - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
New England Skiing (1955) - Limited Estate Stamped - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print (Photo By Slim Aarons/Getty Images Archive) Two female skiers outside the Carroll Reed Ski Service ...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Black and White, Silver Gelatin

French Polo Crowd (1950) - Limited Estate Stamped - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
French Polo Crowd (1950) - Limited Estate Stamped - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print (Photo By Slim Aarons/Getty Images Archive) A group of spectators at a polo match, France, circa 195...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Black and White, Silver Gelatin

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 Slim Aarons Art

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Lambda

New England Skiing (1955) - Limited Estate Stamped - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
New England Skiing (1955) - Limited Estate Stamped - Silver Gelatin Fibre Print (Photo By Slim Aarons/Getty Images Archive) Two women recline on improvised sunbeds at the Cranmore...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Black and White, Silver Gelatin

Poolside Gaze, (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in Park City, UT
Slim Aarons, 'Poolside Gaze' Estate stamped and hand numbered 1/150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Printed later. Various sizes available. Please reach out if yo...
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1970s Contemporary Slim Aarons Art

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C Print, Lambda

Pool at Lake Tahoe - Slim Aarons, Swimming Pool, 20th century, Photography
By Slim Aarons
Located in Brighton, GB
Please be aware that the US recently imposed an import duty on photographs printed in the last 20 years which may apply if you are purchasing and importing this to the US. Currency ...
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20th Century American Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lake Tahoe Trip - Slim Aarons, 20th century, Photography, Landscapes, Water
By Slim Aarons
Located in Brighton, GB
Please be aware that the US recently imposed an import duty on photographs printed in the last 20 years which may apply if you are purchasing and importing this to the US. Currency ...
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20th Century American Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
By Slim Aarons
Located in Brighton, GB
Please be aware that the US recently imposed an import duty on photographs printed in the last 20 years which may apply if you are purchasing and importing this to the US. Currency ...
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20th Century American Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Beverly Hills Hotel - Slim Aarons, Photo, Hollywood, Celebrity, Stars
By Slim Aarons
Located in Brighton, GB
Please be aware that the US recently imposed an import duty on photographs printed in the last 20 years which may apply if you are purchasing and importing this to the US. Currency ...
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20th Century American Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Lounging in Gstaad - Slim Aarons, 20th century, Photography, Skiing, Sports
By Slim Aarons
Located in Brighton, GB
Please be aware that the US recently imposed an import duty on photographs printed in the last 20 years which may apply if you are purchasing and importing this to the US. Currency ...
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20th Century American Modern Slim Aarons Art

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