A chronicler of the sweet life, as lived by the jet-set and aristocracy of the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s, Slim Aarons is the best known photographer of this exclusive world. At the beginning of the century he was born in New Hampshire becoming a classic outsider looking in, and as such he idealized the wealthy. The women are beautiful and exquisitely dressed, the men handsome and poised. The houses that are shown in detail range from European palaces and castles to the estates of Palm Beach and the Hamptons.
Slim Aarons brought a photojournalist’s eye to the art of formal society portraiture, posing his subjects as still life, in their magnificent environments. Aaron’s also visited Hollywood frequently on assignment and the stars at play were also his subjects. Slim Aarons served as a photographer during World War II, with the Eighth Army Division, and this led to his career as a photographer. Affable and stylish, Aarons, after the war, photographed for Town and Country, Holiday, Vogue, Life, and Travel and Leisure. With the publication of his book “A Wonderful Time” in 1974, this vanishing world was crystallized forever.