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Poolside With Slim Aarons Hardcover – November 1, 2007

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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 Town & Country, Life, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Travel & Leisure.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810994070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810994072
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1 x 14.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan on October 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have all the other Slim Aarons pictorials and they are great. This volume is good, but many of the photos are extras not used in the other volumes. Also, there are very few celebrities represented here. Lastly, there is some odd focus on Mexico and the French and Italian Rivieras and much less on the wonderful pools and communities in the US, like Palm Beach (barely featured), Fort Lauderdale, Laguna Beach/Niguel, La Jolla, Malibu, and so many, many more. I got a good price so it's a decent addition, but definitely not as great in terms of print quality and content. You can tell right away that the photo repro quality is much poorer: when it sits beside the other volumes on your coffeee table, the colors in the cover photos don't pop like the others, rather, appearing in a slight haze.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Chadwell on November 28, 2007
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Poolside is a great collection. I am an enormous Aarons fan and have his two other currently in-print books. Poolside shows some of the once great, but now little known members of an international society which is now all but gone. Doinnes, gold-diggers, and scions comingle in glamorous pools wearing Cartier watches, gold bracelets, and the classic '70s look, the gold chain softly nestled in a bed of chest hair. Hermes beach towels and Vuitton bags hold vigle under umbrella tables, visited by bowtie clad waiters refreshing drinks for little sister as she flirts with a countryless prince. Whats keeps his work from being complete camp, is that it was all real. People trully lived these lives. They weren't acting for a camera, they were caught in that moment when they were just happening to be having cocktails in Jamaica with Mrs. so-and-so.
My only complaint is that many of the pic.s have been previously published in prior collections and others just don't have all the impact and roundness held in the selections Aarons made for the works published in his lifetime.
There are many "society" photographers. None are Slim Aarons.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Varricchio on February 24, 2008
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A superb coffee-table photo book that should be in every home that can boast an in-ground swimming pool. While the images show American and European jetsetters at poolside during the 1950s to the 1990s, it does inspire us slugs in the middle class to work to achieve that oh-so ethereal (in-ground) swimming-pool lifestyle that typifies having "made it" in the modern age. Pour yourself a martini and then sit by the pool as you enjoy this book. You don't have to just dream it. Go ahead--live it. Just ask the late actor Burt Lancaster's character in the 1968 film "The Swimmer". Then you, too, can swim home.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Suarez on November 29, 2007
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This book is unfortunately not as enjoyable as other collections of his photos and really quite boring. Whereas Once Upon A Time and A Place In The Sun evoked an era and gave you either a voyeuristic peek into the lives of old money,some great photography, or both, this book gives very little of either. I was hoping for equally compelling and thematically consistent imagery here but unfortunately the title misses the mark. I wish the editor/publisher had been more discriminating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Mason on October 13, 2012
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True lovers of good photojournalism know there's more to being a witness than endless photos of the abused, the oppressed, and the doomed. The world's one-percenters need love too. Poolside with Slim Aarons shows a lifestyle of sun, alcohol, and implicit easy sex in the days before nautilus workouts and Hair Club for men. I hope those guys took good care of those Rolex watches cause now they're worth a ton on eBay!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Deason on February 4, 2008
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Slim Aarons was given rare access to the super rich and he captures them perfectly in all their shallow excess: all vacuous looks and gorgeous scenery. His images are famous of course, as much for the famous people as for the art of photography. This book is not to the level of, The Place in the Sun, mainly because, as that book was comprehensive the one is..well..about being poolside with the Euro trash and American trust fund baby's. Personally, I kinda like the voyeurism his images provide, and it makes you feel glad, even with all their wealth and jet setting lives, that you are not one of them; to look back on your life and know that all you did was spend money and jet set would be pathetic indeed. Overall, good book, interesting text and quality images, but the other book on Aarons is better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FatMatt on May 11, 2011
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If you love the era of photography you will love this book. Takes you back in time. I love it.
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By N. goodey on February 2, 2014
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See how the other half lived in this beautiful collection of color photographs from the fifties, sixties and seventies, featuring some the world's less cash strapped individuals by some of the world's more excessive pools.
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