El Venero is an open edition lambda c-type print from 20th century photographer Sim Aarons.
The print depicts El Venero, the Moorish villa of Spanish Ambassador Hector de Ayala and his wife Chico in Marbella, Spain, 1971. Aarons’ photograph captures the haze of hot summer, mountains rising in the background, a placid pool in the foreground, and beautiful people lounging with cocktails in front of the pristine white villa.
Aarons was known as a pioneer of celebrity photography. Capturing the rich and the famous, from Marilyn Monroe to Grace Kelly, Humphrey Bogart to the Kennedys, Aarons made his career out of "photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” His policy was one of no staging, no lighting, no make-up and no costume. These are real snaps of celebrities doing what they do best: living the high life. A master of his craft, Aarons reminds us that photography is about so much more than point and click. The Slim Aarons Archive is owned and housed by Getty Images.
All photographs are printed and authorised by the Getty Images Gallery, London.
Slim Aarons, Getty Images Gallery. Getty Images is the home of the Slim Aarons collection.
Medium: C-Type Photography Print
Edition Type: Open Edition
Size (cm): 101 x 76
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About the artist
Slim Aarons was one of the twentieth century’s most prolific documenters of celebrity and socialite life. Over six decades, Aarons photographed some of the world’s most beautiful people in some of the globes most desirable destinations: jet-setting from Beverly Hills to Capri to the French Riviera, Aarons snapped the likes of the Kennedy family, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly.
The visual language that Aarons developed became a byword for luxury, often mimicked in the twin worlds of fashion and adverting as the peak of aspirational life-styling. Though Aarons’ photographs could pass for a Vogue shoot, the artist himself worked without stylists or artificial lighting, capturing his subjects in their own clothes and settings for an air of authenticity.
After Aarons death in 2006, there has been renewed interest in his work, and photographers and fashion designers, including Paul Smith and Tom Ford, continue to pay homage to the late great in their influential campaigns.
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