1916 New York City – 2006 Montrose/New York
Slim Aarons was an American photographer noted for capturing socialites and jet-setters. After the war, Aarons moved to California and began photographing celebrities. There he shot his most praised photo, “Kings of Hollywood”, a 1957 New’s Year’s Eve photograph depicting Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper, and James Stewart relaxing at a bar in full formal wear. Aaron’s work appeared in magazines such as Life, Town & Country, and Holiday. The artist never used a stylist, or a makeup artist. He made his career out of what he called “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places”. The work “Villa Artemis in Palm Beach, Florida” depicts American writer C.Z. Guest and her son Alexander in front of the Greek temple pool at their ocean-front estate, Villa Artemis, in Palm Beach. This stunning image was originally published in the photographer’s book, “A Wonderful Time”, and furthermore graces the front cover of his book “Once upon a time”.