Slim Aarons was born in Manhattan, New York in 1916. He was an American photographer noted for photographing socialites, jet-setters and celebrities at their estates in Palm Beach or their palazzos in Europe.
At 18 years old, Aarons enlisted in the U.S. Army, worked as a photographer at West Point, and later served as a combat photographer in World War II and earned a Purple Heart. Aarons said combat had taught him the only beach worth landing on was “decorated with beautiful, seminude girls tanning in a tranquil sun”.
After the war, Aarons moved to California and began photographing celebrities. He never used a stylist, or a makeup artist. He made his career out of what he called “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places”.
"I knew everyone," he said in an interview with The (London) Independent in 2002. "They would invite me to one of their parties because they knew I wouldn't hurt them. I was one of them”.
He died in 2006 in Montrose, New York.