Poolside opens at Getty Images Gallery, London on Thursday 31st March 2016
26 February 2016, London: A cooling dip on a hot summer’s day, loungers ready for lazing, the venue for an evening party. Swimming pools range from the basic to the luxurious – there for fitness or for pleasure – and with their very own fashions to match.
The American photographer Slim Aarons documented both public and private pools. From large hotels hosting fashion shows to intimate gatherings in a private garden, these glistening expanses of water provide a focus to his images and evoke a sense of luxury and privilege. There are pools emerging from the landscape and others carefully constructed by award-winning architects.
Some are status symbols drawing on their association with a Hollywood lifestyle. Others are more discreet but nevertheless proclaiming that their owners do not need to venture to the coast – a swimming pool in your garden ensures you can be on vacation without going anywhere. So adults play backgammon or lie like lizards in the baking sun while children splash and swim nearby. When evening falls, candles are lit and evening gowns are reflected in the still waters.
The exhibition includes one of Slim Aarons’ most famous images, “Poolside Gossip” but shows it in the context in which it was taken courtesy a giant contact sheet of eighteen separate frames.
More than half the images in the exhibition, however, have come from new material researched from Slim Aarons’ archive and have not been exhibited before.
Poolside runs from 31st March – 7th May 2016 and admission is free. Getty Images Gallery is situated in central London, just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Circus. Opening hours are from 10.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, 12.00 to 5.30pm Saturday.
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Notes to editors:
Getty Images Gallery
46 Eastcastle Street
Nearest underground: Oxford Circus
About Getty Images Gallery
Getty Images Gallery is London’s largest independent photographic gallery and was founded in 1996. Located on Eastcastle Street, just a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus, Getty Images Gallery showcases stunning exhibitions on a regular basis. The majority of the imagery on display in the Gallery is taken from Getty Images’ archival and contemporary libraries and is available to buy as fine art prints in a variety of sizes and framing options.
About Slim Aarons
Slim Aarons worked mainly for society publications, taking pictures of the rich and famous both before and after serving as a photographer for the US military magazine Yank during World War II. His work has been included in the publications Town and Country, Holiday, Venture and LIFE. Getty Images Gallery is proud to represent Aarons’ vast collection of negatives and transparencies, which span six decades of a lifestyle many dream of but few experience. Held at Getty Images’ Hulton Archive, expert darkroom work on the originals allows us to print his images up to the largest photographic sizes, inviting us to step into these dazzling images of the good life.