As we reach the midway point of summer, I am reminded of the photos of Slim Aarons, whose iconic photographs captured the glamour and style of the wealthy “old guard” of the last century.
By becoming one of them, he was able to use his lens to document the rich and famous in the their own settings – from Palm Beach to Palm Springs, from The Bahamas to the Mediterranean, Slim brought home to the rest of us images of high society frolicking at beaches, boating, playing polo and just relaxing in Mid Century Modern settings. Without a make up person, a stylist or any kind of product placement, the photos, to this day, jump off the page with saturated color – using his subjects’ own clothes, homes and families.
As Slim once said "I made a career out of photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places” and the photos we see today still look like a page from Instagram – by being authentic and capturing just the perfect moment. His work is timeless and still copied by fashion designers, interior designers and young “influencers” on social media today.
With multiple books now published and most of his most famous photos available online through Getty Images, we can all bring a piece of the incomparable Slim Aarons home. In the world we live in today, I think we can all appreciate the work of this Original Influencer. – Steven Edward Wallace