Slim Aarons–what I’ve been watching

More sewing inspiration this week came by way of this hour-long documentary on photographer Slim Aarons.  What caught my eye first, were the colorful ‘everyday’ dresses and the lighting.

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The trailer for Slim Aarons; The High Life:

Slim’s former assistants were interviewed in the documentary.  They were lovely and poised, and told good stories.  “We’re waiting for clouds.”  I’ll remember that one.  In listening to his assistants tell about the photos, I fell in love with the fact that minimal makeup and staging was involved.   The subjects were mostly rich, privileged, and often famous, but the settings relaxed and the smiles were natural.

The documentary only lasts an hour, but that was just the start for me.  After the documentary, I spent an absurd amount of time perusing the Getty photos website, where Slim’s archive is available for viewing and prints for purchase.

A few of the many images that grabbed me, for their nostalgia or for sewing inspiration, or both:

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Don’t recognize anyone in the slide show above?  Then try these:

Slim had a repeat theme of hammocks, and furry boots.  I love both.

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These next few really triggered my creative impulses:

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Slim Aarons skier
The outfit!

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Plaid coat!

Slim’s use of light was distinctive.  Several of his snowy scenes reminded me of the movie, Grand Budapest Hotel.  (Love that movie!)  This picture is an example:

Slim Aarons Swiss hotel

The documentary is in the Amazon Prime Video collection.  Link to the documentary: https://smile.amazon.com/Slim-Aarons/dp/B07CJSTXD4

But no Prime, no problem.  The full documentary is available on YouTube:

Slim would have celebrated his 100th birthday in October 2016.  That month, Getty released this 1-minute video of 100 of his images.

As mentioned above, Getty purchased Slim’s entire archive, and displays the collection beautifully here:  https://www.photos.com/slim-aarons

There is a collection of coffee table books of Slim’s photos. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0810946033

Slim Aarons coffee table book

Slim’s Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slim_Aarons

Another lover of photographs:

8 thoughts on “Slim Aarons–what I’ve been watching

  1. I really like the architecture that is shown like the Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc Pool…and of course the different eras.
    I’ll have to check this out.

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      1. I have visited there and bookmarked it! I saw some mediterranean houses and that pool… I looked up the hotel now and it’s a little different but still there with the pool expanded against the rocks… Thank you for the site…I will spend some time there tonight.

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      2. The pool in the rocks is lovely, I agree. Enjoy exploring the site. Another of my fave images had a Mini Cooper with side panels of a chair caning motif. There were so many distinctive details like that in his images.

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      3. Yes I saw the Mini…I can’t wait to explore. What a life some of these people had…The celebrities are cool to see but the interesting part is all of the rest and their surroundings.

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