Poolside Gossip, 1970
The former soldier, who died in 2006, is said to have turned to his glamorous style of photography as a reaction against the horrors of combat. His work often looks like a parallell universe of John Hinde's colour-saturated postcard pictures – where Hinde snapped the everyday holidaymaker, Aarons captured Britt Eckland in St Tropez, Patsy Pulitzer on a boat (black and white, at bottom), or – in the 1957 photograph that shot him to success – Kings of Hollywood, a black and white, bar-side shot of Clark Gable, James Stewart, Gary Cooper and Van Heflin. But both photographers, as well as colour, are interested in interaction – often catching people mid-conversation or action, making the viewer a bit of a voyeur – here, into a fabulously exclusive world.
If you have a couple of hundred quid to invest in some classic photography, many – as indicated below where relevant – are available to buy. I'd love to have one on my wall. But which to choose...?
Beach, St Tropez, undated Buy from $275 for 10" x 12" from the (American) Photographers Gallery.
Flair Ladies, 1962 Buy from $275 for 10" x 12"
Presenters of the American television show, Flair, on the ABC channel
Man at Work, 1960 Buy from $275 for 10" x 12"
Hugh Hefner in his less wrinkly days