"Coral Beach, Bermuda" (1977) by Slim Aarons

"Coral Beach, Bermuda" (1977) by Slim Aarons
"Coral Beach, Bermuda" (1977) by Slim Aarons

"Coral Beach, Bermuda" (1977) by Slim Aarons

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16x20 inches (40.64 x 50.8 cm.)        $2700.00
20x24 inches (50.8 x 60.96 cm.)        $3150.00
30x40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm.)         $4200.00
40x60 inches (101.6 x 152.4 cm.)        $4950.00

Slim Aarons (1917 – 2006)

Archival pigment print

Ca. 1977

Edition of 150. Estate-stamped.

General Comments:
The magnificent natural beauty captured in this image of Coral Beach, Bermuda (1977) represents a crystallization of a certain social milieu for which, in addition to his portraiture, Aarons was and is most famous. One of the leading private clubs on the island, and still in operation as such today, during the hey-day of tourism on the island it was a favourite destination with the jet-set who globe-trotted to this island jewel in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Aarons came to Bermuda in 1957, 1967 and 1977. The Coral Beach Club still exists today.

Born in New Hampshire in 1917, Aarons was raised on his grandparent’s farm. He joined the Army at the age of eighteen hoping that he might see the world. During World War II he served as a combat photographer within the Eighth Army Division, working for Yank magazine. He met some of the top photojournalists of the time and earned a Purple Heart. After Aarons was honorably discharged, he was asked to continue his work as a war photographer but he declined the offer. Having survived the brutality of war, Aarons was eager to leave photographs of human suffering behind. After the violence he witnessed… Aarons decided that the only beaches he wanted to invade in the future were “decorated with beautiful girls tanning in a tranquil sun”. 

As an affable and stylish young man, Aaron’s found magazine work with Town and Country, Holiday, Life and Travel and Leisure. Through editorial work Aaron’s gained access to the world’s most elite and exclusive playgrounds of the world, within these social circles he found a world of opulence so unlike the war he left behind. His journey began in Hollywood and took him all over the world.

Most active in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s in 1974 Slim Aaron’s book A Wonderful Time was published – it is considered a classic. The book became a cult favorite in the fashion world. Art directors and designers often look to his work for inspiration. “It was a perfect world that he put together,” said designer Anna Sui. She calls his book A Wonderful Time “the quintessential guide for good taste.”

Later, in 2003, Once Upon A Time was published which further chronicled a life of leisure as seen through the camera of Aarons’ work , followed by A Place in the Sun in 2005. ( In 2007 Poolside With Slim Aarons was published with Introduction by William Norwich).

Aarons died in 2006, at the age on 89.

If asked how he became a society photojournalist recording the world’s jet-set utopia, he’d reply: “What the hell did we fight in the war for if it wasn’t to make the world a better place to live in and occasionally enjoy? From now on, I’m going to walk on the sunny side of the street. I’m going to have fun photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places and maybe take some attractive photographs as well.”

He is regarded as one of the most influential photographers of his generation.

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