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Slim Aarons Art

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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Charter Ketch (1960) Limited Estate Stamped - Giant
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Charter Ketch (1960) Limited Estate Stamped (Photo by Slim Aarons) Sixty eight-foot charter ketch ‘Traveller II’ at anchor in the lee of Stocking Island, across the harbour from G...
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1960s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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'Speedboat Landing' Slim Aarons Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Speedboat Landing' 1973 by Slim Aarons A Magnum motorboat belonging to Count Filippo Theodoli arrives at the private jetty of the Il Pellicano Hotel in Porto Ercole, Italy, August...
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1970s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Cortina D’Ampezzo (1962) Limited Estate Stamped
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Cortina D’Ampezzo (1962) Limited Estate Stamped (Photo by Slim Aarons) Skiers walk up a mountain in Cortina D’Ampezzo, a ski resort in northern Italy, 1962. Additional Informati...
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'Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc' Slim Aarons Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc' by Slim Aarons ESTATE EDITION - numbered and emboss stamped on front. (edition size 150 only) Waterskiing from the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, ...
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Slim Aarons 'Leisure In Antibesr'
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Leisure In Antibes 1964 (printed later) C print Estate stamped and numbered edition of 150 with Certificate of authenticity A woman sunbathing in a motorboat as it tow...
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Slim Aarons, Kaufmann Desert Housey (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Kaufmann Desert House, 1970. (printed later) C print Estate stamped and numbered edition of 150 with Certificate of authenticity A poolside party at a desert house, de...
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'Marbella House Party' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Marbella House Party' 1980 Italy by Slim Aarons Guests at a party at the home of Sebastiano Bergese in Marbella, Spain, August 1967. (Photo by Slim Aarons) Oversize 60x40 inches...
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Slim Aarons Estate Edition - Lounging in Gstaad
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons - Lounging in Gstaad - Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only Holidaymakers in sun loungers on the slopes at at Gstaad, Switzerland, March 1961 (Photo by Slim Aaron...
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Slim Aarons Estate Edition - Palm Beach Idyll
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons - Palm Beach Idyll- Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only A couple sunbathe by the sea at Palm Beach Florida 1955 USA (Photo by Slim Aarons). This photograph epi...
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Slim Aarons Estate Edition - Harbour Island
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only Harbour Island in the Bahamas, 1970 (Photo by Slim Aarons) This photograph epitomises the travel style and glamour of the p...
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Slim Aarons Estate Edition - Positano Beach
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Edition - Positano Beach Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only Elevated view looking down on sunbathers and parasols on the beach at La Scogliera beach in...
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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 Printed later 40x40 inches Numbered and stamped by the Sli...
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Slim Aarons 'Lake Tahoe Trip' (Canoes, Zephyr Cove, 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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Slim Aarons Saint-Tropez Boucherie, French Riviera (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Saint-Tropez Boucherie Chromogenic lambda print 40 x 60 inches 4 sizes available Slim Aarons Estate Edition A boucherie or butcher shop on Rue des Commercants in Saint-T...
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Poolside Party - Slim Aarons - colour photography 20th century
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Limited Edition C print HUGE 72 x 48" inches / 183 x 122 cm unframed. ' Poolside Party ' A poolside party at a desert house, designed by Richard Neutra for Edga...
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Slim Aarons 'Sea Drive' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Sea Drive Printed later 40 x 60 inches $5400 1967—Film producer Kevin McClory takes his wife Bobo Sigrist and their family for a drive in an Amphicar across the harbour at Nassau. ...
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'Yacht Holiday' SLIM AARONS ESTATE EDITION
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
'Yacht Holiday' by Slim Aarons Limited Edition Estate Print limited to 150 only numbered in ink & emboss stamped. 60 x 40 " inches paper size Tanned bodies on the deck of Dino ...
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Slim Aarons Estate Edition - New England Skiing
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only Two women recline on improvised sunbeds in Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire, circa 1955 (Photo by Slim Aarons) This photogr...
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Slim Aarons 'Lounging In Verbier'
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Lounging In Verbier 1964 (printed later) C print Estate stamped and numbered edition of 150 with Certificate of authenticity Holidaymakers in sun loungers on the slope...
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Slim Aarons 'Speedboat Landing' 1973 (Porto Ercole, Italy) Estate Edition
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
August 1973: A motor boat arrives at a jetty in Porto Ercole, Italy. Speedboat Landing Slim Aarons Estate Edition Chromogenic Lambda print Printed Later Slim Aarons Estate Edition C...
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1970s American Realist Slim Aarons Art

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Slim Aarons 'Family Pool' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
circa 1960: Mrs A Watson Armour III (Jean Schweppe) with friends and family enjoying the pool on their estate at Lake Forest, Illinois. A Wonderful Time - Slim Aarons Slim Aarons Fa...
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Slim Aarons 'Speedboat Landing' (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Speedboat Landing, 1973 Chromogenic Lambda Print (C Print) Estate edition of 150 August 1973: A motor boat arrives at a jetty in Porto Ercole, Italy. Estate stamped an...
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Slim Aarons Estate Edition - HABITATION LECLERC
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only Bathers walking down steps to the swimming pool at Habitation Leclerc, Haiti, January 1975. They are followed by a waiter ...
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Caribe Hilton Beach (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Caribe Hilton Beach 1956 (printed later) Chromogenic Lambda Print Estate edition of 150 A woman reclining in a hammock hung between palm trees on the beach at the Caribe Hilton in S...
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Slim Aarons, Mazatlan Mansion (Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Mazatlan Mansion, 1984 Chromogenic Lambda Print Estate edition of 150 Eldorado, the Redo family villa in Mazatlan, Mexico, January 1984. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition o...
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Slim Aarons, Zermatt Skiing (Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Zermatt Skiing, 1968 Chromogenic Lambda Print Estate edition of 150 The apres-ski in Zermatt, Switzerland, March 1968. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certifi...
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Slim Aarons 'Gasthof Post Pool' (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Guests lounging by the indoor swimming pool of the Gasthof Post in Lech, Austria, February 1979. Slim Aarons Gasthof Post Pool Chromogenic Lambda print Printed Later Slim Aarons Est...
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Slim Aarons, Skiers In St. Moritz III (Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Skiers In St. Moritz III, 1978 Chromogenic Lambda Print Estate edition of 150 Skiers on a slope in St Moritz, Switzerland, March 1978. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 1...
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Slim Aarons Estate Edition - Palm Beach Idyll
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons - Palm Beach Idyll- Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only A couple sunbathe by the sea at Palm Beach Florida 1955 USA (Photo by Slim Aarons). This photograph epi...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Slim Aarons Estate Edition - New England Skiing
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only Two women recline on improvised sunbeds in Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire, circa 1955 (Photo by Slim Aarons) This photogr...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Slim Aarons Estate Print - Speedboat Landing - Oversize
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Print - Speedboat Landing - Oversize A Magnum motorboat belonging to Count Filippo Theodoli arrives at the private jetty of the Il Pellicano Hotel in Porto Ercole...
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1970s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Slim Aarons Estate Print - Poolside Glamour 1970 - Oversize
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Print - Poolside Glamour - Oversize A desert house in Palm Springs designed by Richard Neutra for Edgar J. Kaufmann. Lita Baron approaches on the right Nelda Lins...
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Mara Lane at the Sands
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Austrian actress Mara Lane lounging by the pool in a red and white striped bathing costume at the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, 1954. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with ...
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Slim Aarons, Surfing in Biarritz
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Author and screenwriter Peter Viertel (1920 - 2007) with his surfboard on the beach at Biarritz, France, 1960. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of au...
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The Beverly Hills Hotel (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The sign on the side of the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in California, 1957.Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the esta...
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Madame Jean Serpieri (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
December 1961—Madame Jean Serpieri sits in the ballroom of the Tour La Reine near Athens, wearing a gown which belonged to the wife of Otto, the first king of modern Greece. The pala...
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Vermont Winter (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
circa 1960: Students from Stowe Preparatory School track through deep snow near Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, Vermont. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certif...
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Slim Aarons 'Christmas Swim' (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Rita Aarons, wife of photographer Slim Aarons, on a lilo in a swimming pool decorated for Christmas, Hollywood, 1954. The Hollywood sign can be seen in the distance. Estate stamped...
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Slim Aarons '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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Slim Aarons 'The Carlton Hotel'
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
The entrance to the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France, 1958. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Slim Aarons (1916-2006)...
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Skiing Waiters
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Three skiing waiters on a ski slope, with the man in the foreground carrying a bird on a tray, the second man carrying a wine in an ice bucket and the third carrying a menu, circa 19...
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Slim Aarons, Drinks At Gstaad (Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Drinks At Gstaad, 1984 Chromogenic Lambda Print Estate edition of 150 Models from Parisian jeweller M. Gerard enjoying drinks on the terrace of The Palace Hotel in Gstaad, Switzerla...
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1980s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Slim Aarons 'Topless in Saint-Tropez' (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Topless in Saint-Tropez, 1971 Chromogenic Lambda print Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Two topless ladi...
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Beauty and the Beast
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Lady Daphne Cameron (Mrs George Cameron) on a tiger skin rug in the trophy room at socialite Laddie Sanford's home in Palm Beach, Florida. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition o...
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Slim Aarons 'Joan Collins Relaxes'
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Film star Joan Collins relaxes with her pink poodle on her pink bed. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. Slim Aaron...
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Julie London (Aarons Estate Print)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
1957: Singer Julie London enjoying breakfast in bed at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. S...
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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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Colorful Crew (Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Slim Aarons Colorful Crew, 1970 Chromogenic Lambda print Estate stamped and hand numbered edition of 150 with certificate of authenticity from the estate. A group of colourfully dr...
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Civilized Snooze
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Civilized Snooze, Self Portrait on Holiday in Athens, Greece, 1955 C-print 20 x 16 inches Slim Aarons (1916-2006) worked mainly for society publications photographing "attractive...
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Slim Aarons, Kaufmann Desert House (Slim Aarons Estate Edition)
By Slim Aarons
Located in New York, NY
Kaufmann Desert House, 1970 C print Estate edition of 150 Former fashion model Helen Dzo Dzo Kaptur (in white lace), Nelda Linsk (in yellow), wife of art dealer Joseph Linsk, and ac...
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Slim Aarons Estate Edition - HABITATION LECLERC
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only Bathers walking down steps to the swimming pool at Habitation Leclerc, Haiti, January 1975. They are followed by a waiter ...
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Slim Aarons Estate Edition - A Colourful Crew
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
A group of colourfully dressed friends on board the Calypso clothing store owned boat, Bermuda, June 1970. (Photo by Slim Aarons) Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only Th...
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Slim Aarons Estate Edition - Skiing Waiters
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons - Skiing Waiters - Estate Stamped Edition Limited to 150 only Three skiing waiters on a ski slope, with the man in the foreground carrying a bird on a tray, the second ...
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Slim Aarons Estate Print - Tina Onassis 1958 - Oversize
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Print - Tina Onassis - Oversize 1958: Athina Livanos Onassis (Tina Onassis) the first wife of Greek shipowner Aristotle Onassis relaxing by the swimming pool aboa...
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Slim Aarons Estate Print - A Helping Hand 1955 - Oversize
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Print - A Helping Hand - Oversize Former ski instructor Herman Ostermaier gives a helping hand to a member of the Junior Skiing Program in North Conway, New Hamps...
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Slim Aarons Estate Print - Ski Instructors Only 1955
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Slim Aarons Estate Print - Ski Instructors Only Skis leaning against the wall of a hut marked ‘Ski Instructors Only’ in New Hampshire, 1955. (Photo by Slim Aarons) silver gelati...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Cortina D’Ampezzo (1962) Limited Estate Stamped - Giant
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Cortina D’Ampezzo (1962) Limited Estate Stamped (Photo by Slim Aarons) Skiers walk up a mountain in Cortina D’Ampezzo, a ski resort in northern Italy, 1962. Additional Informati...
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1950s Modern Slim Aarons Art

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Connelly And Guest (1955) Limited Estate Stamped - Giant
By Slim Aarons
Located in London, GB
Connelly And Guest (1955) Limited Estate Stamped (Photo by Slim Aarons) American socialite Cee Zee Guest (1920 – 2003, left) with Joanne Connelly in Palm Beach, Florida, circa 19...
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