Slim Aarons : Capturing Perfection


The photographs of Slim Aarons reveal glimpses into the lives of the rich and glamourous; he captured beautiful women lounging by glistening swimming pools and Hollywood stars in their luxurious homes. The perfection of his images is what makes them so captivating; idyllic settings, stylish clothes and attractive people come together to create an intoxicating combination, one that exudes wealth and glamour. However there is a more sinister side to his photographs, one created by the passage of time. Celebrity and wealth seldom last and these people appear to live perfect lives, yet this existence is fragile. A bad film, loss of money and the fading of looks could shatter this lifestyle.daphne-cameron-in-palm-beach-1959

What is particularly striking about Aarons photographs is that they tell a truth; they could easily pass as images from a fashion magazine, the subjects merely models pretending to be someone else. But these scenes are genuine, albeit a little staged and show a reality that is true for only a lucky few. mrs-henry-cabot-jr-with-her-children-in-newport-1960

Over the next few weeks I’ll be looking at the work of photographers who I feel encapsulate the atmosphere of Aarons’ photographs, including Miles Aldridge and Alex Prager.

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cz-guest-in-palm-beach-1955Les photos de Slim Aarons montrent les vies des gens riches et célèbres. Dans une photographie, une belle femme se relaxe à côté d’une piscine ; dans une autre, une famille souriante pose à l’extérieur d’une maison grandiose. Ses photos sont parfaites ; les cadres sont idylliques, les vêtements sont chics et les gens sont beaux. Cependant, il y a quelque chose sinistre dans les photos; cette vie est fragile. La richesse et la célébrité, elles peuvent disparaître. Les photos d’Aarons pourraient être les images dans un magazine, avec les mannequins. En revanche, ces photos montrent une réalité qui est vrai pour seulement un peu de gens.  the-countess-of-ramonones-and-family-in-spain-1976

Pendant les semaines prochaines je vais explorer le travail des photographes, qui recréent l’esprit des photos d’Aarons, y compris Miles Aldridge et Alex Prager.

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