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Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time [Hardcover]

Slim Aarons , Frank Zachary

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1 Dec 2003
From the end of World War II through the 1980s, Aarons photographed the rich and famous, the beautiful and the celebrated: Hollywood royalty, European aristocracy, the grande dames of high society, captains of industry, media moguls, statesmen and stars of every sort. Though upholding the glamorous image of wealth, power, talent and beauty, he saw himself as a journalist whose duty it was to inform, and this led him to develop the environmental portrait - photographs of his subjects at home, at work, at play and mingling with each other. This type of portrait has influenced a generation of photojournalists whose work can be seen in today's lifestyle magazines. This volume shows Aarons photographs of the international elite in their exclusive playgrounds during the jet-set decades of the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

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Slim Aarons is now acknowledged to be one of the most influential photographers of his generation. Before World War II, he was the official photographer at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, and during the war he served as a combat photographer for Yank magazine in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. After the war he became a freelance photographer for many magazines including Holiday, Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Travel & Leisure, and Look, and Life. He lives in Bedford, New York. Legendary magazine editor Frank Zachary commissioned many of the photographs in our book for Holiday and Town & Country.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rehash of previous work 3 Jan 2006
By Country Girl - Published on
I was so disappointed. This book is about 80% material that was previously published in a much classier book, A Wonderful Time. Readers lucky enough to have the earlier book should not waste their money on this rehash.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reveries 9 Feb 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on
ONCE UPON A TIME is an apropos title for this photomontage of a book. Slim Aarons has the enviable job as a photographer of capturing the rich and famous in their haunts around the world. Now that doesn't seem like a worthy topic for a book, especially now that the factions between the rich and not rich are taking a lot of space in the media. But taking this book as a memento of a time lost, a time when leisure meant beautiful places, elegant food and drink and fashion, passages to spas such as Portofino just for the beauty of the views, turning the pages of this book with that state of mind results in some lovely reveries of how things used to be.

Slim Aarons followed the genteel folk around the globe and while his 'portraits' are not the usual stiff and staid formats, his glimpses of people within the environs is unparalleled. For many the views of the scenery, landscapes, seascapes, wondrous architecture, the concert halls, all captured in alluring light, will be the highlight of this volume. The overall feeling of browsing through Aarons' memoir-like photographs is one of traveling back in time, almost with a fairytale like imagery.

For armchair historians, sociologists, and lovers of foreign places this book will satisfy. Though the locales depicted herein still exist (for the most part) they were never as romantically inclined as Aarons makes them. Grady Harp, February 06
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4.0 out of 5 stars slim aarons: once upon a time 1 Sep 2005
By Ann G. Caffrey - Published on
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Enjoyable reprint which gives a look at the charms, lifestyle, beauties and characters of about a half century ago..looks as if some of the photos from the original edition were not included, but not sure. Aarons is a bold and creative photographer, that's for sure. Thanks.
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book whose photos represent a by gone period of ... 3 July 2014
By Ronald Saturno - Published on
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WELL WORTH IT! An excellent book whose photos represent a by gone period of American way of life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time . . . and gone with the wind. 10 Jun 2014
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Magnificent photo journal of a grace and ease gone forever. Sad, lovely, touching, and still jaw-dropping. Get it -- you won't be sorry.
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