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Slim Aarons (United States, 1916–2016)

American photographer Slim Aarons captured the 20th century’s international jet set — U.S. socialites, European royalty, Hollywood stars — at play in sun-kissed locales like Monaco, Saint-Tropez and Palm Beach, as well as other luxurious settings around the globe. Committed to eschewing makeup and artificial lighting, Aarons created images that are at once candid and polished, combining the relaxed posture of his subjects, who trusted him to document their lives, with the visual sharpness of a seasoned art director. Having gotten his start taking pictures for the U.S. military magazine Yank during World War II, he contributed over the course of his career to Life, Town and Country and Holiday magazines and published several books.


Aarons was born in Manhattan in 1916. He joined the army at 18, shooting military maneuvers at West Point before serving as a combat photographer, for which he was awarded a Purple Heart. After the war, he moved to California and began snapping socialites and movie stars. In the 1950s, he opened a bureau for Life magazine in Rome, where he took pictures capturing the postwar scene. Aarons was always able to win the trust of his elite subjects, who saw him as close to a peer, rather than a paparazzo. In a 2002 interview with The Independent, he remarked, ''I knew everyone. They would invite me to one of their parties because they knew I wouldn't hurt them. I was one of them.'' This access allowed Aarons to document the rich and famous with their guard down, reading newspapers and magazines, talking on the phone, relaxing by the pool, and chatting with friends. The 1957 photograph The Kings of Hollywood, for example, which won him wide acclaim, shows Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart laughing together as they celebrate New Year’s Eve.


Many of Aarons’s best-known images involve games and sports. In the 1972 Poolside Backgammon, two young women play the board game of the title against the backdrop of a majestic Acapulco estate. In 1958’s Cannes Watersports, a couple attempts to glide across the Golfe de la Napoule on Jet Skis, one expertly and one hanging on for dear life. And in Penthouse Pool, shot in Athens in 1961, a young woman wearing a yellow bathing cap smiles coyly at the camera, surrounded by friends and brightly colored seat cushions, with the Acropolis faintly visible in the background. Among Aarons’s books are 1974’s A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life, and its 2003 sequel, Once Upon a Time. His final book, A Place in the Sun, was published in 2005, one year before his death.

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Slim Aarons, Lake Tahoe Ladies
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A group of young women in their bathing suits on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. Slim Aarons worked mainly for society publications, taking pictures of the rich and famous bot...
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1950s Realist Figurative Photography

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Slim Aarons: Lake Tahoe Canoes (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1959: Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the border of California and Nevada. Three young woman...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Lake Tahoe Canoes' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
'Lake Tahoe Canoes' by Slim Aarons Slim Aarons Estate Edition Printed Later 40 x 40 inches Framing options available Over the course of a career lasting half a century, Slim Aarons...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons: Lake Tahoe Canoes (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1959: Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the border of California and Nevada. Three young woman...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons: Lake Tahoe Canoes (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1959: Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the border of California and Nevada. Three young woman...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons 'Lake Tahoe Trip' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. 40 x 40 inches $3950 30 x 30 inches $3350 20 x 20 inches $3000 This is a vibrant photograph, printed by the Slim Aar...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Lake Tahoe Trip' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. 40 x 40 inches $3950 30 x 30 inches $3350 20 x 20 inches $3000 This is a vibrant photograph, printed by the Slim Aar...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons - Lake Tahoe Canoes - Estate Stamped
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons - Lake Tahoe Canoes - Estate Stamped Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print (edition size 1/150). Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. This ph...
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1950s Modern Color Photography

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C Print

Slim Aarons - Lake Tahoe Trip - Estate Stamped
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons - Lake Tahoe Trip - Estate Stamped Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print (edition size 1/150). Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. This photog...
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1950s Modern Color Photography

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C Print

Slim Aarons - Lake Tahoe Couple - Estate Stamped
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons - Lake Tahoe Couple - Estate Stamped Limited Edition Estate Stamped Print (edition size 1/150). A couple at a swimming pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. The line o...
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1950s Modern Color Photography

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C Print

Slim Aarons Lake Tahoe Couple (Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Poolside)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A couple relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Relaxing at Lake Tahoe Slim Aarons Estate Edition 48x48 inches Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate. Certi...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons Lake Tahoe Couple (Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Poolside)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A couple relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Relaxing at Lake Tahoe Slim Aarons Estate Edition Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate. Certificate of Aut...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons Lake Tahoe Couple (Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Poolside)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A couple relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Relaxing at Lake Tahoe Slim Aarons Estate Edition 48x48 inches Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate. Certi...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons Lake Tahoe Couple (Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Poolside)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A couple relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Relaxing at Lake Tahoe Slim Aarons Estate Edition Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate. Certificate of Aut...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons 'Lake Tahoe Couple' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition, Poolside)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A couple relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Relaxing at Lake Tahoe Slim Aarons Estate Edition Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate. Certificate of Aut...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, 'Lake Tahoe Trip,' Zephyr Cove (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Young women canoeing at Zephyr Cove on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, USA, 1959. Lake Tahoe Trip Slim Aarons Estate Edition Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate. Certific...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons, 'Lake Tahoe Trip,' Zephyr Cove (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Young women canoeing at Zephyr Cove on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, USA, 1959. Lake Tahoe Trip Slim Aarons Estate Edition Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate. Certific...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons, 'Lake Tahoe Trip,' Zephyr Cove (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Young women canoeing at Zephyr Cove on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, USA, 1959 Lake Tahoe Trip Slim Aarons Estate Edition Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate. Certifica...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons, Relaxing At Lake Tahoe
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A group of people relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Estate Stamped and numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Kings of Holly...
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1950s American Realist Landscape Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons 'Relaxing at Lake Tahoe' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A group of people relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959 (printed later). Relaxing at Lake Tahoe Slim Aarons Estate Edition 40x40 inches Slim Aarons Estate Edition N...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Lake Tahoe Couple, (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in Park City, UT
Slim Aarons, 'Lake Tahoe Couple', 1959 Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Printed later. A couple at a swimming pool ...
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1950s Contemporary Color Photography

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C Print, Lambda

Slim Aarons Relaxing at Lake Tahoe (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A group of people relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Relaxing at Lake Tahoe Slim Aarons Estate Edition Printed later 40x40 inches Numbered and stamped by the Sli...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons, Pool At Lake Tahoe (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Pool At Lake Tahoe, 1959 (printed later) Archival pigment print Estate stamped and numbered edition of 150 with Certificate of authenticity Bathers by a pool at the Tah...
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1950s Modern Color Photography

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Archival Pigment

Slim Aarons Relaxing at Lake Tahoe (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A group of people relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Relaxing at Lake Tahoe Slim Aarons Estate Edition Printed later 40x40 inches Numbered and stamped by the Sli...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, Pool at Lake Tahoe (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Bathers by a pool at the Tahoe Tavern on the shore of Lake Tahoe, California, 1959 Slim Aarons Pool at Lake Tahoe Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary d...
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1950s American Realist Portrait Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, Pool at Lake Tahoe (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Bathers by a pool at the Tahoe Tavern on the shore of Lake Tahoe, California, 1959 Slim Aarons Pool at Lake Tahoe Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary d...
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1950s American Realist Portrait Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons, Pool at Lake Tahoe (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Bathers by a pool at the Tahoe Tavern on the shore of Lake Tahoe, California, 1959 Slim Aarons Pool at Lake Tahoe Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary d...
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1950s American Realist Portrait Photography

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Lambda

Slim Aarons Relaxing at Lake Tahoe (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A group of people relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Relaxing at Lake Tahoe Slim Aarons Estate Edition 48x48 inches Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estat...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Relaxing at Lake Tahoe' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A group of people relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Relaxing at Lake Tahoe Slim Aarons Estate Edition Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate. Certifica...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Slim Aarons 'Relaxing at Lake Tahoe' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A group of people relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Relaxing at Lake Tahoe Slim Aarons Estate Edition Numbered and stamped by the Slim Aarons Estate. Certifica...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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'Lake Tahoe Couple' Slim Aarons Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Lake Tahoe Couple' Slim Aarons Estate Edition A couple relax at a swimming pool in the summer sunshine near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. The line on the bottom of the pool marks t...
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1950s Modern Color Photography

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C Print

'Lake Tahoe Couple' Slim Aarons Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Lake Tahoe Couple' Slim Aarons Estate Edition A couple relax at a swimming pool in the summer sunshine near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. The line on the bottom of the pool marks t...
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1950s Modern Color Photography

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C Print

Slim Aarons Estate Print - Lake Tahoe Couple - Oversize
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Print - Lake Tahoe Couple - Oversize A couple at a swimming pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. The line on the bottom of the pool marks the state line betwe...
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1960s Modern Landscape Photography

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C Print, Color

Slim Aarons - Relaxing at Lake Tahoe - Estate stamped
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Relaxing At Lake Tahoe by Slim Aarons A group of people relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Step into the big Blue with this sumptuous scene of people relaxing on...
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1950s Modern Color Photography

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C Print

Slim Aarons, El-Dorado-Beach, Lake Tahoe (Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Model Friend, 1952 Chromogenic Lambda Print Estate edition of 150 El Dorado Beach on the south side of Lake Tahoe in El Dorado County, California, circa 1959. Estate stamped and ha...
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1950s Modern Color Photography

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Lambda

Pool at Lake Tahoe (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Bathers by a pool on the shore of Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Slim Aarons (191...
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1950s American Realist Landscape Photography

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Lambda

Lake Tahoe Ladies
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Lake Tahoe Ladies, 1959 Archival pigment print Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. A group of young women in their bath...
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1950s American Modern Color Photography

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Archival Pigment

Lake Tahoe Ladies
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Caption:A group of young women in their bathing suits on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. Slim Aarons worked mainly for society publications, taking pictures of the rich and fa...
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1950s Realist Figurative Photography

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Lake Tahoe Couple
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A couple at a swimming pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. The line on the bottom of the pool marks the state line between Nevada and California. Estate stamped and hand numbere...
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1950s Modern Figurative Photography

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Lambda

Relaxing At Lake Tahoe
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A group of people relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Estate Stamped and numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Kings of Holly...
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1950s American Realist Landscape Photography

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Lambda

Relaxing at Lake Tahoe
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Relaxing at Lake Tahoe, 1959 Archival pigment print Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. A group of people relaxing by a...
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1950s American Modern Color Photography

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Archival Pigment

Pool at Lake Tahoe
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Pool at Lake Tahoe, 1959 Archival pigment print 12 x 16 inches Bathers by a pool on the shore of Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Slim Aarons (1916-2006) worked mainly for society pu...
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1950s American Modern Color Photography

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Archival Pigment

Pool at Lake Tahoe
H 60 in. W 60 in. D .01 in.
Slim Aarons, Pool At Lake Tahoe
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Pool At Lake Tahoe, 1959 Archival pigment print Estate stamped and numbered edition of 150 with Certificate of authenticity Bathers by a pool at the Tahoe Tavern on the...
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1950s Modern Color Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Slim Aarons, Pool at Lake Tahoe (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Bathers by a pool at the Tahoe Tavern on the shore of Lake Tahoe, California, 1959 Slim Aarons Pool at Lake Tahoe Chromogenic Lambda print Slim Aarons Estate Edition Complimentary d...
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1950s American Realist Portrait Photography

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Lake Tahoe Trip, Slim Aarons Estate Edition (free shipping)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. 40 x 40 inches $3950 30 x 30 inches $2350 20 x 20 inches $2500 Complimentary dealer shipping to your framer, worldwi...
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1950s Realist Abstract Photography

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Lake Tahoe Trip, Slim Aarons Estate Edition (free shipping)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. Estate edition of 150. Estate stamp embossed on recto, hand numbered in ink on recto, with certificate of authenticit...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Lake Tahoe Trip (Slim Aarons Estate Edition) free shipping
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. 40 x 40 inches $3950 30 x 30 inches $3350 20 x 20 inches $3000 This is a vibrant photograph, printed by the Slim Aar...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Lake Tahoe Trip
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. 40 x 40 inches $3950 30 x 30 inches $3350 20 x 20 inches $3000 This is a vibrant photograph, printed by the Slim Aar...
Category

1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Lake Tahoe Trip
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Lake Tahoe Trip, 1959: Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Premium quality photographic prints from the Slim Aarons Archive. All photographs are printed and autho...
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1950s Photography

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C Print

Lake Tahoe Ladies
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Caption:A group of young women in their bathing suits on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. Slim Aarons worked mainly for society publications, taking pictures of the rich and ...
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1950s Realist Figurative Photography

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Lake Tahoe Canoes
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
'Lake Tahoe Canoes' by Slim Aarons Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. Three young woman are pictured in their red, turquoise and white canoes in the sunshi...
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1950s Realist Landscape Photography

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Pool at Lake Tahoe
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Pool at Lake Tahoe, 1959 Archival pigment print open edition 12 x 16 inches Bathers by a pool on the shore of Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Slim Aarons (1916-2006) worked mainly ...
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1950s American Modern Color Photography

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Archival Pigment

Relaxing At Lake Tahoe
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
A group of people relaxing by a pool near Lake Tahoe, California, 1959.
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1950s American Realist Landscape Photography

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Lambda

Pool at Lake Tahoe
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Pool at Lake Tahoe, 1959 Archival pigment print open edition 60 x 60 inches Bathers by a pool on the shore of Lake Tahoe, California, 1959. Slim Aarons (1916-2006) worked mainly f...
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1950s American Modern Color Photography

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Archival Pigment

Lake Tahoe Trip, 1959
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. Estate edition of 150. Estate stamp embossed on recto, hand numbered in ink on recto, with certificate of authenticit...
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1950s Conceptual Landscape Photography

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Lambda

'Lake Tahoe Canoes' (Estate Stamped Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Lake Tahoe Canoes' by Slim Aarons Young women canoeing on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, 1959. Three young woman are pictured in their red, turquoise and white coloured canoes on ...
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1950s Modern Figurative Photography

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C Print