— Slim Aarons: Poolside

Slim Aarons photographs of beautiful people leading fabulous lives all have a wonderful naturalness about them.

Aarons never used a stylist or make-up artist for his subjects, and he only ever used natural light, so what you get are effectively still-lifes in magnificent settings. I think that’s why he was so welcomed, as a photographer, among America’s upper echelons – because he didn’t set up or contrive his shots. He just caught these people in a relaxed and natural way. For them, it was a bit like having a mate there with a camera. They never felt self-conscious or nervous in his presence. And they all trusted him enough to know he wouldn’t shoot them in compromising situations, or with any double chins on show.

 

This was the world captured by the American photographer Slim Aarons: the jet-setting High Society of the 1960s and 1970s, basking in sun at the swimming pools of the world’s most exclusive hotels and stylish villas – and the new oversize book displaying all of these images is such a wonderful treat.

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