- Author: Slim Aarons
- Introduction: Frank Zachary
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
- Published: December 2003
- ISBN-10: 0810946033
- ISBN-13: 9780810946033
- Format: Oversize Hardcover
- Copyright: 2003
- Subject: PHOTOGRAPHY / Individual Photographers / General
The Ultimate insider's view of the lifestyles of the wealthy, privileged and powerful. Illus., 250 full-color photos. 240p.
Although none of the pictures in these two sumptuous photography books is more than 60 years old, they seem to capture a bygone era that may make readers nostalgic for a world they never inhabited themselves. Aarons was a combat photographer during World War II, but his subsequent freelance work for magazines such as Holiday and Town & Country allowed him to shoot "attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places," as he often put it. The photographs in this volume, Aarons's first since A Wonderful Time (o.p.) more than 30 years ago, will make readers feel that they have gone on a holiday themselves. Aarons's famous subjects include David and Nelson Rockefeller, Lilly Pulitzer, Man Ray, and Joan Collins, and everyone and everything looks so pristine that the images resemble those travel posters that dominated advertising in the 1920s and 1930s. O'Neill's world, although just as glamorous as Aarons's, seems a bit more accessible and humorous. The focus of O'Neill's book is "celebrity," and celebrity is indeed what we see here, in all of its varying shades-from a young Mick Jagger to a stately Margaret Thatcher. In Aarons's sense of the word, O'Neill is himself an "attractive person"; he has known many of his subjects personally through the years, and some of them appear in both books. People and places may not look as immaculate here, but it certainly looks like a great deal of fun. Suitable for all larger public and academic libraries with large photography collections (and/or budgets).-Sheila Devaney, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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