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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810946033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810946033
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.1 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Aarons, erstwhile photographer to the rich and famous, has combed his archives to compile a collection of slick, upscale snapshots that vividly capture the lives of the "polo set." After the violence he witnessed as a combat photographer in WWII¸ Aarons decided that the only beaches he wanted to invade in the future were "decorated with beautiful girls tanning in a tranquil sun"-which are amply presented here. Aarons imparts a nearly tactile quality to these razor-sharp images, and every photograph, from the 1950s through the 1980s, is richly evocative of its era. One 1955 photo captures longtime fashion icon C.Z. Guest poolside in typically modest mid-century swimming attire with her son and dogs. A 1964 spread for Town & Country pictures the deeply tanned "young matrons of Palm Beach" in day-glow floral Lilly Pulitzer dresses. In a 1968 picture, fellow photographer Lord Lichfield is shown on the Italian Riviera wearing groovy yellow pants and flanked by Pucci-clad Italian princesses. Aaron's caption notes that "a photographer's life without a wife" seems to agree with the young cousin to Queen Elizabeth. While much of Aarons' work is focused on "horsey" types, he also turns his lens on creative folks. A dashing Gore Vidal is pictured at his Italian villa, the late Gianni Versace is shown at work in his home on Lake Como and Wanda Horowitz, daughter of Arturo Toscanini, is photographed at her father's podium at La Scala opera house in Milan. Aarons' gossipy captions, which accompany each photograph, help make this striking volume a voyeur's dream. 250 color photographs
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About the Author

Slim Aarons is now acknowledged to be one of the most influential photographers of his generation. Before World War II, he was the official photographer at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, and during the war he served as a combat photographer for Yank magazine in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. After the war he became a freelance photographer for many magazines including Holiday, Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Travel & Leisure, and Look, and Life. He lives in Bedford, New York. Legendary magazine editor Frank Zachary commissioned many of the photographs in our book for Holiday and Town & Country.

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Customer Reviews

He's seen some pretty amazing places and people.
Alex Krasnoff
Slim Aarons really knew how to capture beautiful moments with the jet set.
Mary Therese Villanueva
Thank you Slim for bring the world such a glorious book!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Country Girl on January 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was so disappointed. This book is about 80% material that was previously published in a much classier book, A Wonderful Time. Readers lucky enough to have the earlier book should not waste their money on this rehash.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2006
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ONCE UPON A TIME is an apropos title for this photomontage of a book. Slim Aarons has the enviable job as a photographer of capturing the rich and famous in their haunts around the world. Now that doesn't seem like a worthy topic for a book, especially now that the factions between the rich and not rich are taking a lot of space in the media. But taking this book as a memento of a time lost, a time when leisure meant beautiful places, elegant food and drink and fashion, passages to spas such as Portofino just for the beauty of the views, turning the pages of this book with that state of mind results in some lovely reveries of how things used to be.

Slim Aarons followed the genteel folk around the globe and while his 'portraits' are not the usual stiff and staid formats, his glimpses of people within the environs is unparalleled. For many the views of the scenery, landscapes, seascapes, wondrous architecture, the concert halls, all captured in alluring light, will be the highlight of this volume. The overall feeling of browsing through Aarons' memoir-like photographs is one of traveling back in time, almost with a fairytale like imagery.

For armchair historians, sociologists, and lovers of foreign places this book will satisfy. Though the locales depicted herein still exist (for the most part) they were never as romantically inclined as Aarons makes them. Grady Harp, February 06
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann G. Caffrey on September 1, 2005
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Enjoyable reprint which gives a look at the charms, lifestyle, beauties and characters of about a half century ago..looks as if some of the photos from the original edition were not included, but not sure. Aarons is a bold and creative photographer, that's for sure. Thanks.
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WELL WORTH IT! An excellent book whose photos represent a by gone period of American way of life.
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Magnificent photo journal of a grace and ease gone forever. Sad, lovely, touching, and still jaw-dropping. Get it -- you won't be sorry.
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By Alex Krasnoff on November 27, 2013
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Really a neat collection of images by Slim Aarons. I really enjoyed just reliving Slim's history. He's seen some pretty amazing places and people.
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By Robin Brutschy on August 9, 2013
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Old World. J'adore Slim Aarons. This cocktail table book is for my Palm Beach home.
A time long gone...Icons long passed....A time capsule of what was....That is Slim Aarons.
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By Jeanmarie Olson on September 5, 2012
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This book, along with Aarons others are must-haves for those searching for the perfect hostess gift for the perfect hostess! They offer a glimpse into a bygone era of priviledge and elegance. I order them in multiples. The quality is top notch, and the books are unavailable in stores. They are unique, and always appreciated.
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