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The Wick - Slim Aarons, Poolside Gossip (1970)

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Slim Aarons, Poolside Gossip (1970)

Sparkling turquoise swimming pools. Candy-coloured parasols. Stylised women sipping champagne. These visual cues are so well known that you probably already know which photographer we’re talking about.

Born in 1916, society portraitist Slim Aarons gained celebrity photographing ‘attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places’. And no image says rarefied glamour more than Poolside Gossip, taken at the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs in 1970.

The shot depicts two fashionable women — the former model Helen Dzo Dzo and the lady of the house Nelda Linsk — reclining by a pool. A third strides towards them. In the background is the Kaufmann’s modernist Richard Neutra home and the San Jacinto mountains. This carefully curated vision of luxury is pure escapist joy — just when we need it most.

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