MCM Master: Photographer Slim Aarons


As we near the official end of summer what better way to celebrate the season than paying homage to one of the best photographers of the mid-century years. These fabulous photos by Slim Aarons perfectly frame the era in which they were shot. I think the reason I find them so appealing is that everything is so clean, pristine, and fabulously stylish. Oh, and that Amphicar shown above. (We actually had a local man that drove his vintage Amphicar across the Ohio River daily from Louisville to work in Indiana while the Sherman Minton bridge was closed and being repaired. This time period was also known as Shermageddon.)    pb

His bio from Photographers Gallery where numerous more photos may be seen…

“Increasingly heralded for his influence, Slim Aarons established his place in the Pantheon of great postwar photographers. It was Aarons who perfected, if not invented, the environmental portrait while photographing the international elite in their exclusive playgrounds during the jet-set decades of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, carrying out his self-described mission: to document “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.”

Slim Aarons worked mainly for society publications, taking pictures of the rich and famous both before and after serving as a photographer for the US military magazine “Yank” during World War II. His work has been included in the publications Town and Country, Holiday, Venture and LIFE.

Slim Aarons is internationally known for the positive portrayals he gave to the people he photographed and was invited to high-society gatherings for exactly this reason. His subject matter covered American and European society as well as nobility and both minor and major stars of the day. 

Slim Aarons died May 29th, 2006. He was 89 years old.”


2 Responses to “MCM Master: Photographer Slim Aarons”

  1. 1 Jeni Johnson

    Yes, for that era those photos are quite detailed in composition. However, I wonder if there had been any modern day enhancements…either way, great photos and depictions of that time! 🙂

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