Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is honoured to exhibit "Slim’s Riviera", featuring the work of Slim Aarons, in collaboration with the London Getty Images Gallery.
Images depict the French Riviera in the summer of 1957, the playground of the newly-christened "jet set" who treated Slim as one of their own, and allowed him unprecedented access.
Slim Aarons was taking pictures of the rich and famous for society publications both before and after serving as a photographer for the US military magazine Yank, during World War II. Aarons was known for the positive portrayals he gave to the people he photographed and was invited to high-society gatherings for exactly this reason. Aarons never used a stylist, a makeup artist or anything but natural light for his photographs.
In California, he shot his famous "Kings of Hollywood", a 1957 New's Year's Eve photograph depicting Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart relaxing at a bar in full formal wear.
“Slim’s Riviera” transports the viewer to this world of luxury where watches are forgotten and days are spent lazing by the pool or on yachts moored in sheltered coves.