Slim Aarons at the Staley-Wise Gallery

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On The Beach In Bermuda, 1967: Sunbathing and swimming at a beach in Bermuda

Slim Aarons candidly described his career as one “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” This month, in what marks his centennial, Aarons is remembered through a new book written by his former assistant, Laura Hawk, and corresponding exhibit at the Staley-Wise Gallery in New York.

Although seemingly a very glamourous career, Aarons got his start in photography on the battlefields of World War II. After returning home he found work among the pages of LIFE, Holiday and Town & Country, where he quickly garnered recognition as a talented “environmental” photographer of high society.

Slim Aarons’ body of work captured the portrait of a very influential era, photographing some of the most well-known faces throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s including Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby.

Stop by the Staley-Wise Gallery through November 26th to view the exhibit and get your copy of Slim Aarons: Women now.

C.Z. Guest, 1955: The American socialite with a Great Dane at her ocean-front estate, Villa Artemis, Palm Beach

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C.Z. Guest, 1955: The American socialite with a Great Dane at her ocean-front estate, Villa Artemis, in Palm Beach

Jacqueline Kennedy at the April in Paris Ball, 1959

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Jacqueline Kennedy at the April in Paris Ball, 1959

New England Skiing, 1955: Two women recline on improvised sunbeds in Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire

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New England Skiing, 1955: Two women recline on improvised sunbeds in Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire

Safari Party, circa 1950: Guests at a fancy dress party held at the Romanoff Restaurant in Hollywood

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Safari Party, circa 1950: Guests at a fancy dress party held at the Romanoff Restaurant in Hollywood

All images courtesy of the artist and Staley-Wise Gallery, New York.