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Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vitaby Slim Aarons
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This lavish fourth volume in Abrams’ Slim Aarons collection revels in this photographer’s decades-long love affair with Italy. From breathtaking aerials of the Sicilian countryside to intimate portraits of celebrities and high society taken in magnificent villas, Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita captures the essence of “the good life.” Slim Aarons first visited Italy as a combat photographer during World War II and later moved to Rome to shoot for Life magazine, yet even after relocating to New York, he would return to Italy almost every year for the rest of his life.
The images collected here document the aristocracy, cultural elite, and beautiful people, such as Marcello Mastroianni, Ursula Andress, Joan Fontaine, and Tyrone Power, who lived la dolce vita in Italy’s most fabulous places during the last 50 years. The introduction by Christopher Sweet shares stories from Aarons’s years in Italy and new insights about his life and career.
Praise for Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita:
“Nostalgia-soaked images.” —Harper’s Bazaar
“Sumptuous images.” —Publishers Weekly
“It’s the next best thing to time travel.” —DuJour magazine
"Like Abrams's previous three collections of Slim Aarons's photography, this handsomely compiled art book devotes itself to a guiltless celebration of beauty and privilege, centering on the land best suited to such worship — Italy. According to Aarons's one-time colleague Sweet, Italy may have been the late photographer's favorite subject, a place where he felt instantly at home with everyone from a shopkeeper to a moviemaker. Save for a portrait of Lamberto Maggioriani, the working-class, non-professional star of The Bicycle Thief, however, the reality documented here tends to be exclusively well-bred and well-heeled. But in case any browser is moved toward envy, Sweet is quick to point out that Aarons's lens on the world was not a thoughtlessly blinkered one. He first saw Italy, in fact, as a Yank magazine combat photographer, suffering wounds in the bloody Anzio invasion. When Italy entered the first flush of postwar prosperity, Aarons was quick to leave Hollywood for Rome. The black and white photographs from this period feature the likes of Orson Welles and Louis Armstrong, but the collection's real focus is not on showbiz royalty but on Italy's actual aristocracy, captured in color at home or on holiday. Sumptuous images from the 1940s to the 1990s amply represent an artist who found his life's work among the leisured. Photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Since 1940 Slim Aarons has been hard at work, first as a war photographer, then with unprecedented access as a photographer to the rich and famous. In this gorgeous sequel to Slim Aarons-Once Upon a Time, he develops the environmental portrait to the level of art, always showing his subjects in their natural setting, in a circumstance synonymous with their station in life. He documented a particular world that is vanished. A Place in the Sun is that special glimpse of privilege under a bright and beaming sky, whether on sandy shore, snowy slope, or elegant home where cares are few. Through 250 stunning color pictures, Aarons provides a veritable who's who of high society: Aristotle Onassis with his first wife, Tina, and their children, Christina and Alexander; C.Z. Guest at her villa in Palm Beach; the Aga Khan at his Sardinian resort; and Truman Capote in Palm Springs. From Mustique to Monaco, from Aspen to Gstaad, only Slim Aarons can take us on a journey to the most exclusive playgrounds of the rich, inspiring even the most jaded armchair traveler.
About the Author
Christopher Sweet is the former editor in chief of Viking Studio and the Vendome Press. He was the editor of Slim Aaronss Once Upon a Time and A Place in the Sun and has written several other books on art and photography.
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