The Slim Aarons Exhibition

The Slim Aarons Exhibition

Co-Curated by DK Johnston and The Getty Images Gallery

Co-curated by DK Johnston and Getty Images Gallery, the Slim Aarons exhibition highlights legendary portraits of A-list socialites and Hollywood stars in glamorous settings from around the world. The exhibition of nearly 20 Slim Aarons works opens to the public in the hotel’s lobby and drawing room on November 8 and will be on view through January, 2019. The exhibition will also feature a specially created display of the photographer’s winter scenes with a 13-sceen video art wall installation. All gallery-quality prints will be available for purchase for the duration of the show. 

Aarons’ first brush with fame came following his role as a combat photographer in World War II, when he began photographing stars of the Italian film scene, while working for Life magazine. He moved back to the U.S. in the early 1950’s, transitioning to shooting color features for the leading magazines of the day. Alongside his reportage, Aarons kept up with celebrities and socialites, traveling to the French Riviera, the Italian islands, Mustique, Bermuda, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Verbier, and more.

Aarons contributed to publications including Harper's Bazaar, Life, Holiday, Town & Country, Travel & Leisure, and Venture. His portraits of stars ranged from Truman Capote and Gore Vidal to Louis Armstrong and President Kennedy, and almost all the Hollywood greats of his period including Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Tony Curtis, and Janet Leigh. As a testament to his immersion in the Hollywood movie scene, Aarons even appeared in two films in the 1960s. James Stewart's character as a photographer in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Rear Window, was reportedly based on Aarons, with the set a replica of his apartment.

Aarons’ works have been published in collections including, A Wonderful Time: an Intimate Portrait of the Good Life (1974), Once Upon a Time (2003); A Place in the Sun (2005), Poolside With Slim Aarons (2007); Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita (2012); and Slim Aarons: Women (2016), among others. Getty Images Gallery is the home to the Slim Aarons archive. With a physical presence in London and a digital platform bringing the world closer to photographic art, Getty Images Gallery has unique access to the world’s largest privately owned photographic archive.

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Verbier Vacation, 1964. Photo by Slim Aarons/Getty Images Gallery

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