Slim Aarons Framed Photograph - "Lake Tahoe Couple" Getty Images Hulton Archive, 1959 by Slim Aarons
A couple at a swimming pool at the Cal Neva Lodge on the shore of Lake Tahoe, USA, 1959. The Cal Neva resort and casino straddles the border between Nevada and California, and the line on the bottom of the pool marks the state boundary. The resort was owned by Frank Sinatra from 1960 to 1968. (Photo by Slim Aarons/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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.
Aarons was 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.
Over the course of a career lasting half a century, Slim Aarons (1916-2006) portrayed high society, aristocracy, authors, artists, business icons, the celebrated and their milieu. In doing so, he captured a golden age of wealth, privilege, beauty and leisure that occurred alongside—but quite separate from—the cultural and political backdrop of the second half of the Twentieth Century.