Slim, Rich And Famous
16/04/2009 – 13/06/2009
Now for the first time Getty Images Gallery have gathered together not only the famous iconic colour images that have made Slim Aarons a household name, but also some of his earlier previously unseen black and white studies of 1950’s high society.
Slim Aarons started working as a photographer in World War Two for YANK MAGAZINE – The official publication that was distributed to the armed forces. Slim photographed the troops and action at close range. It was at this time that he met renowned photographers Robert Capa and Henri Cartier Bresson who later invited him to join Magnum. He graciously declined – He was always to be his own man.
Aarons had witnessed enough of the horrors of war to make up his mind to be a very different kind of photographer – he traded the hard life for the high life and devoted the next 50 years to documenting the lifestyles of the rich and famous by gaining access to the inner circle and becoming a part of it. He worked as a freelancer for many major publications such as LIFE and Town & Country magazine, travelling to the world’s most desirable destinations.
Aarons, one of the prodigious photographers of our time, is revealed in this exhibition as a keen observer of social mores. The fact that he traversed where other photographers only dreamed of having access, results in this – an intimate and incomparable record of one man’s unique adventures during the last half of the 20th Century.