Slim Aarons' Glamorous Photography

Looking for a fun way to decorate your walls? Why not invest in some great photography?

"Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc"

"Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc"

Luxury. Glamour. Over-the-top. Slim Aarons loved to photograph "attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places". And photograph he did:

"Boating in Antigua"

"Boating in Antigua"

How can you blame him? He obviously spent the better part of his life in outrageously beautiful places and made money documenting it. Not a bad gig.

"Poolside in Sotogrande"

"Poolside in Sotogrande"

I am working on a job in Beverly Hills, and my client wants to add some pizazz to her dining room, without changing the major pieces. My first thought was that we should go Old Hollywood Glamour, and I knew just the photograph to start the process:

"Beverly Hills Hotel" (I love the muted colors, the classic cars and the image of the  icon  that is the Beverly Hills Hotel. So chic).

"Beverly Hills Hotel" (I love the muted colors, the classic cars and the image of the icon that is the Beverly Hills Hotel. So chic).

Lucky for me, Jonathan Adler is also a huge fan, and this photo is included in the curated collection of Aarons' photography for sale on his website. They are prints made from the original film, so they are actually affordable for people like you and me. I love how they are mounted on aluminum and faced with high-quality plexiglass.  It's a very cool, frameless look.

"Transport Buffs"

"Transport Buffs"

They're just so eccentric and over-the-top, they make me laugh.... 

"All Mine"

"All Mine"

...particularly this series of couples posing in front of their extravagant homes and cars.  I mean, how fun would a grouping of these be?

"Donald Leas"

"Donald Leas"

"The Fullers"

"The Fullers"

The snowy images would be super cool in a mountain cabin that doesn't take itself too seriously:

"Skier In Vermont"

"Skier In Vermont"

"Verbier Vacation"

"Verbier Vacation"

"Snowmass Vacation"

"Snowmass Vacation"

And then there's the 60's-style nudies:

"Catherine Wilke" (Notice how they weren't hard-bodies back then. I should have been in my twenties in that era.  No gyms anywhere! Much more my speed)

"Catherine Wilke" (Notice how they weren't hard-bodies back then. I should have been in my twenties in that era.  No gyms anywhere! Much more my speed)

Maybe for a man-cave?

"Yacht Holiday"

"Yacht Holiday"

These "bunnies" are so kitschy, I love it...

"Man's Work" (nice title)

"Man's Work" (nice title)

"Tania Mallet"

"Tania Mallet"

His work represents the excess of the time, which doesn't hold a candle to the excess of our the modern era.  I guess that's why I like it. 

Besides being bright and poppy, they have a retro feeling that is undeniably fun. One can't take herself too seriously if there's a Slim Aarons hanging on the wall.  And that's a good thing.

-All photos via jonathanadler.com