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
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.