Slim Aarons, Once Upon a Time by Frank Zachary - A woman and child with two dogs standing on the edge of a pool with greek columns overlooking the ocean
Slim Aarons, Once Upon a Time
Frank Zachary

It was Slim Aarons who perfected, if not invented, the environmental portrait while photographing the international elite in their exclusive playgrounds during the postwar heyday of the jet-set: his self-described mission, to document attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.

From the end of World War II through the 1980s, Aarons photographed the rich and famous, the beautiful and the celebrated. His postwar portraits form a virtual genealogy of wealth, privilege, and talent - in al its manifestations: Hollywood royalty, European aristocracy, the grande dames of high society, captains of industry, media moguls, statesmen, and stars of every sort.

Photographing his subjects at home, at work, at play, and mingling with each other, Aarons captured a host of memorable portraits, across a vast geography of resorts, spas, estates, palaces, elegant apartments, and other glamorous settings, Slim Aarons' photographs define that legendary class known as the Beautiful People and documents a lost era of style, grace, and the good life.


Hard Cover
Dimensions: 10" x 12"

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