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Slim Aarons Figurative Photography

American, 1916-2006
American, 1916-2006

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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Slim Aarons, Lounging In Verbier (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Holidaymakers in sun loungers at Verbier, Switzerland, February 1964. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Slim Aarons...
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Slim Aarons The Bahamas Speed Week in Nassau (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The Bahamas Speed Week in Nassau, 1963. Chromogenic Lambda print Printed Later Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. The ...
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Slim Aarons, Villa Borghese Lion
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Villa Borghese Lion, 1970 C print Estate stamped and numbered edition of 150 with Certificate of authenticity A young girl eating an ice cream while sitting on a sculp...
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Slim Aarons 'Zermatt Skiing' (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The apres-ski in Zermatt, Switzerland, March 1968. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Slim Aarons (1916-2006) worke...
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Surfing in Biarritz
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Author and screenwriter Peter Viertel (1920 - 2007) with his surfboard on the beach at Biarritz, France, 1960. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of au...
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El Venero, Marbella, Spain (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
El Venero, the Moorish villa of Hector and Chico de Ayala in Marbella, Spain, 1971. Slim Aarons worked mainly for society publications, taking pictures of the rich and famous both b...
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Director And Star, Orson Welles on set of Othello
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1952: Orson Welles (1915 - 1985) in Venice during a break from filming 'Othello' which he directed and starred in. Slim Aarons (1916-2006) worked mainly for society publications ph...
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Lounging In Verbier (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Holidaymakers in sun loungers at Verbier, Switzerland, February 1964. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Slim Aarons...
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Venetian Play, Orson Welles
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Venetian Play, 1952 Silver gelatin print Estate edition of 150 Signature stamped and hand numbered with Certificate of authenticity 1952: Orson Welles (1915 - 1985) directing Othell...
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The Carlton Hotel (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A Cadillac with Florida plates parked outside the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France, circa 1955. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from th...
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Slim Aarons - Klosters 1963 - Estate Stamped
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Klosters 1963 Slim Aarons Skiers pass by the Hotel Chesa Grischuna in Klosters, 1963. Skiers walk past the hotel and along the snow covered road carrying skis on their shoulders. T...
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Slim Aarons 'Colorful Crew' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A group of colourfully dressed holidaymakers on a yacht, Bermuda, June 1970. Bathers in bright pink and red vintage swimwear enjoy the afternoon on the vibrant yellow deck. In this ...
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Skaal House, Estate Edition (Snowscape in Vintage Stowe, Vermont)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The glass-fronted triangular Skaal House, lit up at night, in the Stowe Mountain ski resort in Stowe, Vermont, 1962. A pair of skis lean against the wall beside the door. In this ico...
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Slim Aarons 'Speedboat Landing' (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Speedboat Landing, 1973 Chromogenic Lambda Print (C Print) Estate edition of 150 August 1973: A motor boat arrives at a jetty in Porto Ercole, Italy. Estate stamped an...
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Lounging in Verbier
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 20 x 24 inches Slim Aarons Estate Edition Chromogenic Lambda pri...
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Skiing In Gstaad ' Slim Aarons Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Skiing In Gstaad' by Slim Aarons L-R; Christine Camerana, Caroline Stoop, and Christine Semenenko Warrender prepare for a day on the slopes in Gstaad, Switzerland, February 1977 Thi...
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Slim Aarons 'Esther Williams' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Esther Williams Slim Aarons Estate Edition Legendary American swimmer and actress Esther Williams (1921 - 2013) lounging on a white trampoline in a green swimsuit, circa...
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'Hotel Sports' 1958 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Hotel Sports' 1958 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition Print 1958: Holidaymakers water-skiing in front of the Carlton Hotel, Cannes. Produced from the original transparency Certif...
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'Conca dei Marini' 1984 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Conca dei Marini' 1984 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition Print A busy bay in Conca dei Marini, on the Amalfi coast in Italy, August 1984. Produced from the original transparency...
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'Positano Beach' 1979 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Positano Beach' 1979 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition Print Elevated view looking down on sunbathers and parasols on the beach at La Scogliera beach in Positano, Italy, 1979. P...
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Keep Your Cool (Backgammon in Acapulco) (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons, 'Keep Your Cool (Backgammon in Acapulco)' Carmen Alvarez enjoying a game of backgammon with Frank 'Brandy' Brandstetter in a swimming pool at Acapulco. Estate stamped...
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Snowmass Picnic (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A stand-up fondue picnic for skiers at Snowmass-at-Aspen, Colorado which has more than fifty miles of trails and snowfields. The village was opened in 1967. Estate stamped and hand...
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'Verbier View' 1964 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Verbier View' 1964 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition Skiers admire the view across a valley of clouds at Verbier, 1964. Produced from the original transparency Certificate of au...
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'Il Canille' 1980 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Il Canille' 1980 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition Sunbathers lounge on the white-painted terrace of Il Canille, built into the rocks of Pizzolungo overlooking the waters off the...
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Self Portrait on Holiday in Athens, Greece (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Legendary photographer Slim Aarons relaxes in a self portrait shot in Athens, near the Acropolis. Slim Aarons said, "I love a solo holiday. It tends to refresh the part of oneself t...
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Beauty and the Beast (open edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Beauty and the Beast, 1959 open edition 48 x 48 inches
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Lake Tahoe Couple
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A couple at a swimming pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. The line on the bottom of the pool marks the state line between Nevada and California. Estate stamped and hand numbere...
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'Poolside Gaze' Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Poolside Gaze' 1970 Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print Former fashion model Helen Dzo Dzo Kaptur (in white lace), Nelda Linsk (in yellow), wife of art dealer Joseph...
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Slim Aarons 'The Carlton Hotel'
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The entrance to the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France, 1958. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Printed Later. Slim Aaro...
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'Harbour Area, Portofino' 1977 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Harbour Area, Portofino' 1977 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition Print General view of the harbour area, crowded with small and large boats, in Portofino, Italy, 1977. Produced ...
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'Capri Bay' 1958 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Capri Bay' 1958 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition Print 1958: Faraglioni Rocks on the Italian island of Capri. Produced from the original transparency Certificate of authenticit...
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Hotel Taormina Pool, Sicily
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The seaside swimming pool at the Hotel Taormina, Sicily, August 1975. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Chromogenic...
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Slim Aarons Estate Edition - Apres Ski
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons - Apres Ski - Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only The apres-ski in Zermatt, Switzerland, March 1968 (Photo by Slim Aarons). This photograph epitomises the trav...
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La Fonteline - Slim Aarons, 20th century, Travel Photography, Luxury, Sunbathers
By Slim Aarons
Located in Brighton, GB
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Slim Aarons 'The Carlton Hotel'
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The entrance to the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France, 1958. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Slim Aarons (1916-2006)...
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Ready To Roll, John Ford in Hawaii (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Ready To Roll, John Ford in Hawaii, 1955 Silver gelatin print 20 x 24 inches Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the...
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Slim Aarons 'Christmas Swim' (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Rita Aarons, wife of photographer Slim Aarons, on a lilo in a swimming pool decorated for Christmas, Hollywood, 1954. The Hollywood sign can be seen in the distance. Estate stamped...
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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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Slim Aarons Penthouse Pool, Acropolis' Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Young women by the Canellopoulos penthouse pool, Athens, July 1961. The acropolis is in the background. 40 x 40 inches $5400 30 x 30 inches $4200 20 x 20 inches $3600 60 x 60 inc...
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'Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc' Slim Aarons Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc' by Slim Aarons ESTATE EDITION - numbered and emboss stamped on front. (edition size 150 only) Waterskiing from the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, ...
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'Poolside Glamour' 1970 Slim Aarons Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Poolside Glamour' by Slim Aarons A true Slim Aarons Classic - it is considered to be a true modern masterpiece of photography. A poolside party at a desert house, designed by Ric...
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'Il Canille' 1980 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Il Canille' 1980 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition Print Sunbathers lounge on the white-painted terrace of Il Canille, built into the rocks of Pizzolungo overlooking the waters o...
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Slim Aarons, Skiing Waitress
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Skiing Waitress, 1960 C print 24 x 20 inches Ski 'bum' Alice Clement, a waitress and dishwasher at Stowe, Vermont when not on the slopes, carrying her skis on the way to a run, circ...
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'Social Call' Acapulco 1972 Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Social Call' Acapulco 1972 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition Charley Weaver at the Las Brisas resort in Acapulco, Mexico, 1972. A new Archive discovery. The beautiful young soci...
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Palermo Market - Slim Aarons, 20th century, Italy photography, Nature, Fruit
By Slim Aarons
Located in Brighton, GB
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Poolside Backgammon, Estate Edition (Vintage Acapulco, Villa Nirvana Las Brisas)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Guests playing a game of poolside backgammon at the Villa Nirvana, owned by Oscar Obregon, in Las Brisas, Acapulco, Mexico, 1972. Poolside Backgammon Villa Nirvana, Las Brisas, Acap...
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'Giacomo Montegazza' 1983 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Giacomo Montegazza' 1983 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition Print Giacomo and Stefania Montegazza welcome guests arriving by boat at their villa, La Cassinella, on Lake Como, 1983...
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Slim Aarons, Courchevel Mountain Buffet (Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Moumtain Buffet, 1987 Chromogenic Lambda Print Estate edition of 150 Courchevel restaurant chefs Jean Jacob (left) of ‘Le Bateau Ivre’, Michel Rochedy (centre) of ‘Le Chabichou’, an...
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'Eden Rock' 1973 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Eden Rock' 1973 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition Print The mansion of Remy de Haenen on a peninsula in the bay of St. Jean at Eden Rock on the Caribbean island of St Barts (Sain...
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Slim Aarons 'Speedboat Landing' 1973 (Porto Ercole, Italy) Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
August 1973: A motor boat arrives at a jetty in Porto Ercole, Italy. Speedboat Landing Slim Aarons Estate Edition Chromogenic Lambda print Printed Later Slim Aarons Estate Edition C...
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Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
An evening dress being modelled at a fashion show held by Saks of Fifth Avenue, New York. The audience, who are in evening dress, are also being wined and dined, 1955. Estate stampe...
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Slim Aarons - The Carlton Hotel - Estate Stamped
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
The Carlton Hotel by Slim Aarons A Cadillac with Florida plates parked outside the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France, circa 1955. Printed Later. Another gorgeous and typically 'Slim' p...
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Slim Aarons, Surfing in Biarritz
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Author and screenwriter Peter Viertel (1920 - 2007) with his surfboard on the beach at Biarritz, France, 1960. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of au...
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Jackie K, Estate Edition Photograph [Classic Pearls Jacqueline Kennedy]
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Iconic photography of young Jackie Kennedy (Jacqueline Onassis) (1929 - 1994) wife of Senator Jack Kennedy, at a 'April in Paris' ball with classic pearls, red lipstick, a white sati...
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Waterskiing from the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, France (Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Waterskiing from the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 1969 Slim Aarons Waterskiing from the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 1969 Chromogenic Lambda Pr...
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'Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc' 1969 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc' 1969 Slim Aarons Limited Estate Edition Print Waterskiing from the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 1969. Produced from the original transpa...
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Esther Williams Estate Ed. Photograph (Swimmer, TV Actress, Olympic Commentator)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Esther Williams Slim Aarons Estate Edition American swimmer and actress Esther Williams (1921 - 2013) lounging on a trampoline, circa 1956. 40 x 40 inches $3950 30 x ...
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Coconut Cocktail - Slim Aarons, 20th Century photograph, Bikini, Nude, Blonde
By Slim Aarons
Located in Brighton, GB
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