Poolside With Slim Aarons: How to capture a cultural icon

The legendary photographer's collection promises to transport readers away to an exclusive club where taste, style, luxury, and grandeur prevail.

There is something inherently, intimately glamorous about a private swimming pool. Perhaps it’s the ‘invitation only’ policy that most pool parties operate. Perhaps it’s the opportunity for lithe, beautiful swimmers to display their superhuman physiques.

Or, perhaps it’s simply the fact that there can be no better signal to the wider world that you’ve reached the glittering heights of success than having your own, decadent swimming pool in your backyard. 

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Poolside in the USA

As a photographer, Slim Aarons was invited into the homes of everyone from Hollywood stars to American high-society figures. And, from his unusual vantage point within their private lives, was able to capture what life really looked like for the American A-List. 

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Poolside in California

In publications such as Once Upon a Time and A Place in the Sun, Aarons offered us images of jet-setting, beautiful people living glamorous lives. Now, with Poolside With Slim Aarons, readers can once again enjoy a collection of stunning photographs of the rich and well-connected in their favourite playgrounds. The twist? The main character this time is the swimming pool.

Aarons famously never used a stylist or makeup artist. He made his career out of what he called “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places,” making the swimming pool an obvious backdrop. In this collection, he captures magnificent, sun tanned bodies, well-oiled skin, life aboard superyachts and spectacular locations.

Poolside is not so much a Who’s Who of society and celebrity — although everyone from Lilly Pulitzer to Cheryl Tiegs do appear — as it is about leisure time and how the rich make use of it. From the Caribbean to Italy, from Mexico to Monaco, Poolside with Slim Aarons promises to transport readers away to an exclusive club where taste, style, luxury, and grandeur prevail.

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