Slim Aarons ‘New York Style’
November 24- February 11
IFAC Arts at The Yard
85 Delancey Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
IFAC Arts in collaboration with Getty Images Archive and The Yard Lower East Side present ‘Slim Aarons New York Style’ featuring eight never before seen black and white images by the celebrated photographer taken in the 1950’s Aarons. Nearly forgotten, Aarons career spanned over half a century and defined the midcentury modern aesthetic through his journalistic work with the leading magazines of the day such as Life, Holiday, Town and Country, Vanity Fair, and Harper's Bazaar.
With an eye for the shot Aarons was far ahead of his time in creating the cult of celebrity and brings us an intimate view of a lost era of elegance, beauty and allure no longer found in today’s over saturated world and the infinite scroll. Slim wasn’t interested in creating fantasy instead he wanted to capture the real person at their best. "I didn't do fashion," the photographer once said. "I did the people in their clothes that became the fashion.”
George Allen Aarons was born from an immigrant Jewish family in New York City's Lower East Side in 1919 and raised in rural New Hampshire before enlisting in the Army as a combat photographer working and learning along side Frank Capra and Robert Cappa documenting the war in North Africa, Middle East, and Europe. After the war Aarons had enough and only wanted to photograph "attractive people in attractive places doing attractive things, and be on the sunny side of the street later capturing the 20th century’s international jet set — U.S. socialites, European royalty, Hollywood stars — at play in sun-kissed locales like Monaco, Saint-Tropez and Palm Beach, as well as other luxurious settings around the globe.