The High Life: Slim Aarons

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The High Life: Slim Aarons
Photograph: Slim Aarons courtesy of Getty Images

Meet the man behind some of the jet set's most opulent imagery

You may not have heard of Slim Aarons, but we're willing to bet you've seen his photographs. Think women lounging by insane clifftop pools, or Van Heflin, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper and James Stewart standing around a bar, laughing it up in full tuxes.

Aarons shot for lifestyle magazines like Town and Country and Life, and once described his favourite subjects as "attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places".

Aaron's eye for glamour won him unprecedented access to some of the world's most dramatic and decadent man-made locations. His imagery has become a reference bible in the fashion industry. There's not a swimwear designer in the world who doesn't own his 2007 book Poolside with Slim Aarons. 

Now, as part of MADE Sydney, Sydneysiders will get a chance to browse through the late photographer's archive in an exhibition at Carriageworks. 

MADE will also host the global premiere of documentary Slim Aarons: The High Life by the creators of Valentino: The Last Emperor and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. 

Aarons fully assimilated into the world he documented. Revelling in his insider status, his approach is almost the antithesis of equally legendary lifestyle photographer and documentary subject Bill Cunningham. 

Slim Aarons: The High Life will be screening several times throughout the weekend. 

By: Alyx Gorman

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Event website: http://sydney.ma.de/
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