Synopses & Reviews
This lavish fourth volume in Abramsandrsquo; Slim Aarons collection revels in this photographerandrsquo;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 andldquo;the good life.andrdquo; 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 Italyandrsquo;s most fabulous places during the last 50 years. The introduction by Christopher Sweet shares stories from Aaronsandrsquo;s years in Italy and new insights about his life and career.
Praise for Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita:
andldquo;Nostalgia-soaked images.andrdquo; andmdash;Harperandrsquo;s Bazaar
andldquo;Sumptuous images.andrdquo; andmdash;Publishers Weekly
andldquo;Itandrsquo;s the next best thing to time travel.andrdquo; andmdash;DuJour magazine
"Flipping through the azure, emerald and sun-kissed pages of 'golden age' celebrity photographer Aarons's third collection of images, it's hard not to feel a certain nostalgia, even if a backyard wading pool is as close as one ever got to the Cap d'Antibes. For as devotedly as Aarons documented the glamorous lives of the now all-but-vanished jet set for magazines like Life, Holiday and Town and Country in the '50s, '60s and '70s he was also witness to a time when the relationship between the 'Beautiful People' and the rest of us was mostly one of uncomplicated envy and admiration. Oh, sure, some bitter Trotskyist might have objected to the godlike image of a nonchalant Kirk Douglas water-skiing with his hands on his hips, but many people were happy to gaze upon these photos of dewy poolside heiresses and arcadian Rolls-Royce desert picnics. Aarons himself had been through WWII; is it any wonder, then, that when asked to cover Korea, he replied that 'the only beach [he] was interested in landing on was one decorated with beautiful seminude girls tanning in a tranquil sun'? In an age when celebrities have increasingly become the objects of ridicule and disgust, of 'inside' gossip and intrusive speculation, Aarons's lushly appointed and tenderly chronicled world looks more attractive than ever." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The first book on legendary socialite photographer Slim Aarons in 30 years, it is a major publishing event, immortalizing a lost era of style, grace and grandeur.
In a host of memorable portraits, across a vast geography of resorts, estates, palaces, elegant apartments, mansions, castles, and other glamorous settings, Slim Aarons's photos define that legendary class known as the "beautiful people." 250 color photos.
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 Aaronsand#8217;s Once Upon a Time and A Place in the Sun and has written several other books on art and photography.