Anna Paola reveals one of the photographers who deeply inspires her: the legendary American photographer Slim Aarons, who once said that the only beach worth landing on was “decorated with beautiful, seminude girls tanning in a tranquil sun.”

It is easy to see why.  Paolita’s work, like Aaron’s, captures the carefree and luxurious joy of being under the sun, easy multiculturalism, and the glamour of celebrating beauty for its own sake and pleasure.

The very opposite of airbrushed photography today, Aaron’s photo shoots were always relaxed and informal. He employed no stylists and enforced a strict no make-up or primping rule prior to his shoots. In a revolutionary break from the style of his time, Aarons always looked for the real and intimate look from his subjects and always got it, capturing celebrities during their everyday lives and in their natural environment, wearing their casual outfits rather than their public relations wardrobes.

 

'Catherine Wilke'
Catherine Wilke joins the topless sunbathers on the island of Capri.

'Catherine Wilke'
Catherine Wilke joins the topless sunbathers on the island of Capri.

Young women by the Canellopoulos penthouse pool, Athens, July 1961.

Young women by the Canellopoulos penthouse pool, Athens, July 1961.

'Nice Pool'
American writer C.Z. Guest (Mrs F.C. Winston Guest, 1920 – 2003) and her son Alexander Michael Douglas Dudley Guest in front of their Grecian temple pool on the ocean-front estate, Villa Artemis, Palm Beach.

'Nice Pool'
American writer C.Z. Guest (Mrs F.C. Winston Guest, 1920 – 2003) and her son Alexander Michael Douglas Dudley Guest in front of their Grecian temple pool on the ocean-front estate, Villa Artemis, Palm Beach.

'Underwater Drink'
A woman drinking from a coconut underwater in the pool at Las Brisas Hotel in Acapulco, Mexico, February 1972.

'Underwater Drink'
A woman drinking from a coconut underwater in the pool at Las Brisas Hotel in Acapulco, Mexico, February 1972.

'Speedboat Landing'
August 1973:A Magnum motorboat belonging to Count Filippo Theodoli arrives at the private jetty of the Il Pellicano Hotel in Porto Ercole, Italy.

'Speedboat Landing'
August 1973:A Magnum motorboat belonging to Count Filippo Theodoli arrives at the private jetty of the Il Pellicano Hotel in Porto Ercole, Italy.

'Bikinis In Haiti'
Marni Morrell and Denise Schluscer with a third woman, all wearing bikinis, pose beside a statue on a bridge in Haiti, in January 1975.

'Bikinis In Haiti'
Marni Morrell and Denise Schluscer with a third woman, all wearing bikinis, pose beside a statue on a bridge in Haiti, in January 1975.

'Caracalla Therme'
A woman experiences the Caracalla Therme spa in Baden-Baden, September 1990.

'Caracalla Therme'
A woman experiences the Caracalla Therme spa in Baden-Baden, September 1990.

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