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
Like its predecessors, Once Upon a Time
and A Place in the Sun
, Poolside with Slim Aarons
offers images of jet-setters and the wealthy, of beautiful, glittering people living the glamorous life. Yet this new collection of stunning photographs of the rich and well-connected "doing attractive things" in their favorite playgrounds has a new twist.
The main character is pools and everything that goes with them—magnificent, suntanned bodies; well-oiled skin; bikini-clad women; yachts; summer cocktails; sumptuous buffets; spectacular locations; and most of all: fun. Poolside is not so much a Who's Who of society, aristocracy, and celebrity—although C. Z. Guest, Lilly Pulitzer, Cheryl Tiegs, Peter Beard, and many who have appeared in the previous books are here—as it is about leisure time and how the rich make use of it. This is a more intimate peek into very private lives, to which Slim Aarons was given unprecedented access in the fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties.
From the Caribbean to Italy and Mexico to Monaco, Poolside with Slim Aarons whisks the reader away to an exclusive club where taste, style, luxury, and grandeur prevail.
About the Author
Slim Aarons (1916 & 2006) is regarded as one of the most influential magazine photographers of his generation. His photographs have appeared in countless magazines, including TownandCountry, Life, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and TravelandLeisure.