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Slim Aarons Photography

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Designer Palmer Weiss perfectly coordinated the textiles in this breakfast nook with the sunny palette of Poolside Glamour, 1970 by Slim Aarons.  Photo: Matthew Millman

Designer Palmer Weiss perfectly coordinated the textiles in this breakfast nook with the sunny palette of Poolside Glamour, 1970 by Slim Aarons.  Photo: Matthew Millman

Slim Aarons described his photographs of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s as documenting “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” Considering his subjects were society swans such as Babe Paley and C.Z. Guest, European aristocracy, and Hollywood royalty in beautiful hideaways like Palm Beach and Sardinia, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Aarons’s photographs evoke a bygone era of classic style and graceful serenity, and who wouldn’t want that for their walls?

A few of our staffers shared which Slim Aarons shots they’ll be snapping up from our Behind the Lens sale for their spaces.

Slim Aarons, Leisure & Fashion, 1961

Slim Aarons, Leisure & Fashion, 1961

“I’m planning to give this to my sister for the holidays. It reminds me of my grandmothers and aunts, who would all sip champagne from coups by the pool in Florida in the 1970s. It was where I tasted my first glass of bubbly, and now I have the taste for it.” —Elana Frankel, senior director, photo and style

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Slim Aarons, Saunderson Bedroom, 1976

Slim Aarons, Saunderson Bedroom, 1976

“I am deeply in love with the pastel palette of this image. I recently finished renovating my home in Brooklyn, and this would add the perfect bit of color to our all-white powder room without overpowering the space. The Miss Havisham vibe is also pretty incredible.”—Day Kornbluth, vice president of merchandising

Slim Aarons, Armando’s Beach Club, 1975

Slim Aarons, Armando’s Beach Club, 1975

“I love the graphic architecture, the amazing patters on the towels, and the beautiful people. I could get lost in this world!” —Megan Pflug, special projects editor

His Most Iconic Image

Slim Aarons, Nice Pool, 1955

Slim Aarons, Nice Pool, 1955

Of all his images, this 1955 portrait of American style icon and grande dame of high society C.Z. Guest is arguably Aarons’s most famous. He shot Guest in front of her Grecian temple-like pool in Palm Beach. If you’re familiar with only one Aarons shot, this is the one to know.

Now the only question is, which Slim Aarons is your favorite?

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